Switch to a small energy supplier to save £300+ ***Please do not offer / request referrals***
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Switch to a small energy supplier to save £300+ ***Please do not offer / request referrals***

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Found 5th Jun
Hey all

I’ve been looking at the best buy tables for energy suppliers and my advice is to avoid the “big six” (British Gas, E.On, EDF, nPower, Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern) and consider going with a smaller supplier. Why? They’re much cheaper, that’s why.

Are small energy suppliers safe?

Price is the important thing in energy. You get the same gas and the same electricity whichever supplier you’re with. No supplier supplies “better” gas/electricity than its rivals.

These challenger suppliers are also subject to the same Ofgem licencing conditions as their bigger rivals, and customers benefit from the same protections too.

Small energy suppliers can keep costs down as they’re not bound by some of the same obligations as the big suppliers. For example, suppliers with less than 250,000 customers aren’t required to take part in Government schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Under ECO, larger energy suppliers fund the installation of energy efficiency measures in British households.

The cheapest tariffs

The cheapest tariffs tend to be dual fuel tariffs paid by monthly direct debit. Some of the best buys are variable – which means the price paid per unit of energy may change – or fixed which means the price per unit is set for a certain period of time.

According to Energyhelpline, these are the best buys at the moment:

Utility Point
  • Just Up 18 Wk19 Direct
  • Fixed for 15 months
  • Average cost £830 a year
  • Cancellation fee £36 per fuel (applies during fixed period)

Solaplicity
  • Solarplicity’s SMART Fixed
  • Fixed for 12 months
  • Average cost £862 a year

Igloo Energy
  • Pioneer
  • Variable
  • Average cost £871 a year

Utility Point
  • Flexi Online Tracker 18 Wk19 Direct
  • Variable
  • Average cost £796 a year

Powershop
  • Top Shopper April 2018 Issue 5
  • Variable
  • Average cost £802 a year

Outfox The Market
  • Zapp! December Tariff (medium consumption)
  • Variable
  • Average cost £807 a year
  • Cancellation fee £30 per fuel (applies during fixed period)

Comparable tariffs from the big six all cost over a grand:

  • ScottishPower - Super Saver June 2019: average cost £1,076 a year
  • EDF Energy - Easy Online Jul19: average cost £1,081 a year
  • British Gas - Everything Online Jun 2019: average cost £1,082 a year
  • npower Price Fix July 2020: average cost £1,098 a year
  • EDF Energy Blue+Price Protection Jun19: average cost £1,104 a year

Standard rates
These are the best tariffs the big players offer – standard tariffs will cost a lot more. The big six have almost all put their standard prices up in the last couple of months. Customers are normally switched to a standard tariff when a fixed rate expires or when they move house and inherit an energy supplier from the previous occupant.

Save money by switching
All this means you can save hundreds of pounds a year by switching suppliers. The savings are higher for people who’ve never switched energy suppliers before – these households are likely to be on the most uncompetitive tariffs.

Switching is easy: Energyhelpline can usually manage the whole switchover for you. All you’ll need to do is provide final meter readings when requested. If you’re in credit with your old supplier when you leave, you’re entitled to the money back so make sure you ask for it – it’s not uncommon to have a couple of hundred pounds sitting with your energy supplier.
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price per year says me nothing when compare... i would like to see more hidden information.. how much is kw/h and standing charges.. what property type now compared??
Edited by: "ricardasgudkovas" 5th Jun
I need to switch as my npower deal is coming to an end which was unbeatable for the past year. None of these came up on uswitch but I'll take a look thanks op
ricardasgudkovas8 m ago

price per year says me nothing when compare... i would like to see more …price per year says me nothing when compare... i would like to see more hidden information.. how much is kw/h and standing charges.. what property type now compared??


With UP you can input all that yourself an find out, this is a 3 bed detached connected one to give you an idea.. £763.21

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I'm with Boost(Ovo) and was shocked how cheaper these are than Eon. Couldn't be happier.
bitcoin55 m ago

With UP you can input all that yourself an find out, this is a 3 bed …With UP you can input all that yourself an find out, this is a 3 bed detached connected one to give you an idea.. £763.21[Image]



Wow ….22.46 p/kwh with the standing charge seems really expensive to me !
rooney102 m ago

Wow ….22.46 p/kwh with the standing charge seems really expensive to me ! …Wow ….22.46 p/kwh with the standing charge seems really expensive to me !


my SSE cost me 0.31p x2 standing charge..waiting just cashback from them £90..once i get it.. i will look for some better option like ovo
Edited by: "ricardasgudkovas" 5th Jun
bitcoin57 m ago

With UP you can input all that yourself an find out, this is a 3 bed …With UP you can input all that yourself an find out, this is a 3 bed detached connected one to give you an idea.. £763.21[Image]


I assume the standing charge is 11.02p per day? not p/kWh?
I'm with Utility Point - 2 months in and seems fine so far.
Hmm a couple of those 'Best buys' are debatable at best..

Solaplicity 66% have rated it as poor for customer service from the money saving expert poll of customers compared to a big six rating of 32% poor for BG or 22% poor from E'on...

Igloo you may aswell go with bulb energy both are variable and at least bulb electricity is 100% renewable with next to no difference in cost between them

If anybody is interested in Bulb energy they offer a referral scheme where you get £50 and the referrer gets £50, i give £25 of mine to charity when switch is complete. Just send me a DM and i can provide the link and will provide the proof of donation aswell.

Outfoxthemarket are by far the cheapest company out there currently but how can they be £60/70 cheaper than all the other challenger energy companies i'd be a little cautious.
Edited by: "winifer" 6th Jun
winifer3 m ago

Hmm a couple of those 'Best buys' are debatable at best.. Solaplicity 66% …Hmm a couple of those 'Best buys' are debatable at best.. Solaplicity 66% have rated it as poor for customer service from the money saving expert poll of customers compared to a big six rating of 32% poor for BG or 22% poor from E'on...Igloo you may aswell go with bulb energy both are variable and at least bulb electricity is 100% renewable with next to no difference in cost between themOutfoxthemarket are by far the cheapest company out there currently but how can they be £60/70 cheaper than all the other challenger energy companies i'd be a little cautious.


They can be cheaper as they have lower overheads. The Big Six all have offices and a lot of employees to account for whereas these small firms have lower costs - no doubt if they were to scale they would have the same costs as the big guys.
rooney1010 m ago

Wow ….22.46 p/kwh with the standing charge seems really expensive to me ! …Wow ….22.46 p/kwh with the standing charge seems really expensive to me !


It looks like the web site is screwed, the standing charge is a daily rate as per a quote below for RG post code

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I've just switched to KONIC energy
Sorry tonic energy
Whatever you do don’t go to iresa for God’s sake
Bulb for me... Not only have they slashed my bills by 168 a year after being with BG, through the referral system they operate, I have earned £££££`s.

For each sign up you receive via your unique bulb referral code, both parties receive £50 credit each.

If you are interested in bulb, wish for a referral code, message me.

**Admin.. If inappropriate, let me know and I will alter **

Great customer service, great online community, no exit fees and pay up to £60 to leave your current supplier plus 100% renewable ELECTRICITY, 10% renewable GAS.

Unit rate: 11.60p/kwh Standing Charge 23.39p/day (£85.37 year) ELECTRIC

Unit rate: 2.53/kwh Standing Charge 23.39p/day (£85.37 year) GAS

Dual Fuel discount: £14.29/year per fuel

Only slight downside, is lack of smart meter or warm home.
Edited by: "bantamdave33" 16th Jun
the.porter5th Jun

Whatever you do don’t go to iresa for God’s sake








They are banned from taking new customers at the moment.



moneysavingexpert.com/new…rs-


sadly far many people don’t change:( when it’s easy to do there should be no excuse sign up to a site like MSE’s and it’s easy to keep track of the best deals.

one watch out is many smaller suppliers don’t do warm home but you can still make massive saving.
winifer1 h, 1 m ago

Hmm a couple of those 'Best buys' are debatable at best.. Solaplicity 66% …Hmm a couple of those 'Best buys' are debatable at best.. Solaplicity 66% have rated it as poor for customer service from the money saving expert poll of customers compared to a big six rating of 32% poor for BG or 22% poor from E'on...Igloo you may aswell go with bulb energy both are variable and at least bulb electricity is 100% renewable with next to no difference in cost between themOutfoxthemarket are by far the cheapest company out there currently but how can they be £60/70 cheaper than all the other challenger energy companies i'd be a little cautious.


My outfox is only 9.4p per kwh

they can do this as the more you use the higher your monthly fee...so if you use 6000 kWh per year or more you pay £15 a month on top, down to as little as £4.99 for under 2000....

brilliant idea as it promotes being careful
bantamdave332 h, 26 m ago

Bulb for me... Not only have they slashed my bills by 168 a year after …Bulb for me... Not only have they slashed my bills by 168 a year after being with BG, through the referral system they operate, I have earned £4300, cashing in £2500. For each sign up you receive via your unique bulb referral code, both parties receive £50 credit each. If you are interested in bulb, wish for a referral code, message me. **Admin.. If inappropriate, let me know and I will alter **Great customer service, great online community, no exit fees and pay up to £60 to leave your current supplier plus 100% renewable ELECTRICITY, 10% renewable GAS.Unit rate: 11.60p/kwh Standing Charge 23.39p/day (£85.37 year) ELECTRIC Unit rate: 2.53/kwh Standing Charge 23.39p/day (£85.37 year) GASDual Fuel discount: £14.29/year per fuelOnly slight downside, is lack of smart meter or warm home.



whats the referral discount here and how much does each party benefit? interested in switching from EDF myself
Edited by: "rooney10" 5th Jun
rooney1034 m ago

whats the referral discount here and how much does each party benefit? …whats the referral discount here and how much does each party benefit? interested in switching from EDF myself


£50 credit for both parties, once switch over has completed at 21 days.
the.porter3 h, 28 m ago

Whatever you do don’t go to iresa for God’s sake


Well to be fair I have always had good service from them. If they are the cheapest again when my fixed tariff ends I'll stay. If someone else is cheaper I'll jump ship.
Avro energy were cheapest for me bar outfox the market, eversmart and economy energy which are up to £30 pa cheaper but with unproven or had inferior customer service ratings.

Avro have been great so far, a very slick website and no issues to report to date.
the.porter5 h, 25 m ago

Whatever you do don’t go to iresa for God’s sake



I've been with Iresa for over 2 years and never had a problem. It's the cheapest electric only supplier (Bulb is about £100 more p.a. in my area). I've read the comments above and on MSE, btw. I'm not promoting Iresa, just stating facts, but each must make their own decision.
Edited by: "pet2000" 5th Jun
GAVINLEWISHUKD2 h, 17 m ago

Well to be fair I have always had good service from them. If they are the …Well to be fair I have always had good service from them. If they are the cheapest again when my fixed tariff ends I'll stay. If someone else is cheaper I'll jump ship.


I had no problems whatsoever until I tried to leave and they block your switch it’s took me 4 months to leave, and I’m still waiting for £300 they owe me they are hopeless
pet200022 m ago

I've been with Iresa for over 2 years and never had a problem. It's the …I've been with Iresa for over 2 years and never had a problem. It's the cheapest electric only supplier (Bulb is about £100 more p.a. in my area). I've read the comments above and on MSE, btw. I'm not promoting Iresa, just stating facts, but each must make their own decision.


The problems arise when you try to get out they are like a cult stay with them you will be fine I think lol
the.porter30 m ago

I had no problems whatsoever until I tried to leave and they block your …I had no problems whatsoever until I tried to leave and they block your switch it’s took me 4 months to leave, and I’m still waiting for £300 they owe me they are hopeless


My parents left no issues. We have a massive advantage.... An NG post code.
I'll update if I leave when mine is due in August. If they mess me about I'll head down there with the GoPro and film a video.
the.porter5th Jun

I had no problems whatsoever until I tried to leave and they block your …I had no problems whatsoever until I tried to leave and they block your switch it’s took me 4 months to leave, and I’m still waiting for £300 they owe me they are hopeless


You dont need to wait for your refund if you had a direct debit contract. Just go to your bank and claim the money under the "direct debit guarantee". Your bank will refund you. I've done this twice before with rogue utility companies. Ultimately every utility company is just out to con you if you let them.
Utility Warehouse guarantee to be the cheapest if you take all their services and offer a double-the-difference price promise. They also reward you for referrals (and give you free LED light bulbs for the whole house). So PM me for a referral link and as a happy customer for 14 years I'll be happy to oblige.
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Do the utility point offers smart meters?
My switch to Utility point went great, kept updated all the way. Price was the cheapest in my area. They also offer a friend referral scheme as an incentive. Hot from me!
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