Switching suppliers have been in the news a lot lately.
I have switched a number of times as I find that I always gain. There never seem to be deals for loyal customers – it’s the new ones that get it all.
The only time you get offered a deal as a loyal customer is when you ask to be put through to the department that handles customers wanting to leave. I wonder why? Anyway that’s a whole different story. Besides, you still don’t get near enough a good deal as when you switch.
I switched suppliers 3 times in 5 years. And I gained – every time.
With 3 children budgeting can be a problem so any extras are welcome. They go towards treats like holidays, days out etc.
Switching is also easier that you think. I normally go to a price comparison website and fill in my details and check out the cheapest provider for myself. I don’t usually join online unless it is an online only deal. I call up and ask for more information. And then I sign up online, if required.
The easiest way to go about it is to follow these steps that I’ve put together –
- Visit www.BeanEnergyShopper.com for links to comparison sites that are approved by Ofgem.
- After looking around, decide what’s important to you – savings or green energy etc. Check reviews left by other people. It may help to make choices especially when it concerns customer service.
- To be able to swtich, you will need to input your meter readings for a year so the sites can accurately give you the best provider. Have your bills handy.
- Remember to check for exit fees with your own provider – this is espeically if you have taken out a contract (which you most probably have)
- Read – the fine print, terms and conditions carefully. We tend to ignore this and then don’t realise there is an exit fee or other clauses
- Once you sign up, it takes about 17 days to switch which has dropped drastically from 5 weeks.
- Everything is normally done by the provider you are joining but don’t forget to check and see if you have any credit with your old provider especially if you pay monthly.
- If you are in rented accommodation, don’t forget to check with your landlord whether it is okay to switch. Most are but you still need to inform them.
Lastly, you may not be intending to switch and think it’s a hassle but it would be worth your while to check out the site and look at how much you could save. Believe me, you will switch.
I saved about £200 by signing up for Direct Debit, Paperless billing and of course switching. That went towards taking the children for some amazing trips during the holidays one being Legoland. 🙂
I’m working with BritMums and DECC alongside the #PowertoSwitch campaign. I have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com for more information about switching energy suppliers.