Switching to a cheaper electricity tariff is easy and could save you hundreds of pounds on your energy bills. Here is how to use our comparison to find the right tariff for you.
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How much your electricity costs depends on where you live, so enter your postcode to find tariffs in your area.
Some energy companies may not supply electricity in your area, so searching by postcode lets you find out which deals are available to you.
Pick the right tariff
Choosing the right tariff could save you money on your energy bill, and your main options are:
Fixed: This means the rate of your electricity is fixed for the period of your contract. Your bill is still based on how much electricity you use, but the rate stays the same.
Variable: Your rate could change at any time, but you will not be tied into your contract. This gives you flexibility to switch supplier without paying an exit fee, but your rate could be higher.
Dual fuel: This lets you combine your gas and electricity with the same supplier. You get a discount for opting for a dual fuel tariff, and the convenience of having both services in one place.
Prepayment: You pay for your electricity up front, so you only buy what you need. Prepayment meters are one of the most expensive ways to pay for your energy and may not be right for everybody, so read our guide to see if it is right for you.
Here is more information about how to choose the right energy tariff.
How should you pay?
Other than a prepayment meter, you can pay for your electricity in three different ways:
Direct debit: Monthly payments taken automatically
Quarterly payments: Pay cash, cheque, or set up a quarterly direct debit.
Payment card: Pay with a debit or credit card at a PayPoint shop or Post Office.
Here is more information about how to save on your gas and electricity.
Can I switch my electricity tariff?
Yes, although you may have to pay an exit fee of up to £30 if you leave more than 42 days before your fixed tariff ends. Check your bill for details.
How can I find out who supplies my electricity?
Contact your local distribution company. You can find out who they are and how to contact them in our guide to problems with your energy service.
What is off peak electricity?
It applies to time of use tariffs, and is the time of day where your electricity is charged at a cheaper rate. It typically ranges between 10pm and 8am.
What is a kWh?
It stands for kilowatt hour, and it is the unit of measurement used to record electricity usage. Your energy usage will be noted on your bill in kWh.
Can I combine my electricity and gas payments?
Yes, you can take out a dual fuel tariff which combines your gas and electricity and could save you money on your bills. Compare dual fuel tariffs here.