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How to switch your gas and electricity

Comparing gas and electricity suppliers could save you hundreds of euro.

Switcher has been designed to enable you to seamlessly switch electricity and gas suppliers.

You just need to follow a few simple steps and we’ll help you switch your electricity and gas supplier - you can compare gas and electricity prices to find the best deal for you and it’ll only take around 5 minutes to complete your switch.

Even if you don’t have both utilities, we can still help you save on your bills.

What you’ll need

To start the process you’ll need a latest copy of your gas and electricity bill, and the GPRN and MPRN details which are listed on these bills. In addition, knowing your annual energy consumption in kWh will allow us to make the most accurate supplier comparison and give you a good idea how much you can save by switching.

To complete the switch process you will need your current meter reading - this is so your old supplier can provide you with a final bill and your new supplier can start from that point.

Here’s how it works

  1. You tell us about your current energy use, which energy supplier you’re with, and how you pay your bills. This process only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
  2. We’ll recommend a list of energy suppliers and show you their offers, as well as how much you’ll save. You can go through the details of each supplier and plan, and then choose the best option available.
  3. You choose the plan that’s right for you, and switch supplier with our help. We’ll guide you through the online switching process. The online application form is really straightforward - you’ll just need to enter some information like your name and address, and your current meter reading. It should take no more than 5 minutes, and then you’ll just need to confirm you wish to go ahead and switch supplier. We will contact your new supplier and forward your application to them. Once they receive and confirm this they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier.
  4. Settle your final bill and start enjoying cheaper energy bills. You’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. You should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits at the same time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there limits to how many times I can change supplier?

You may change suppliers as often as you like, but your old supplier may charge for cancellation or early termination if you don’t give sufficient notice or you cancel during the minimum term.

Can I revert my decision to change energy supplier?

Under consumer protection laws you have a statutory 14-day cooling-off period. Contact your new supplier if you should change your mind during this period and you can cancel the switch free of charge.

How soon can my energy switch be completed?

It normally takes between 2 and 4 weeks for the switch. Your new supplier will coordinate the switch with your old supplier, agree to a switch over date together and inform you. The dates for gas and electricity may be different.

How will I know that my energy switch is complete?

You should receive a welcome pack and price plan information from your new supplier.

I've decided on a new energy supplier/deal - what's next?

So, you have found a new energy deal and submitted an application form to make the switch to a new supplier.

Once your new supplier receives and confirms your application, they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, so you don’t need to worry about that. Remember, though, that if you decide to switch while you’re still on a discounted tariff with your current supplier, you will have to pay an early exit fee.

After your switch, you’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. Once this is done, you should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits to this supplier, too.

All energy suppliers use the same network and pipes to provide energy to your home, so you won’t have any interruption in supply.

When should I cancel my Direct Debit to my current supplier?

After your switch, you’ll receive a final bill from your old supplier, which you’ll need to pay to close your account. Once this is done, you should also ensure you cancel all Direct Debits to this supplier, too.

Who cancels my account with my current supplier?

Once your new supplier receives and confirms your application, they’ll handle the switch with your old supplier, so you don’t need to worry about that. And all energy suppliers use the same network and pipes to provide energy to your home, so you won’t have any interruption in supply.

Will I experience an interruption in supply when I switch energy supplier?

Definitely not. Apart from the company that bills you being changed (and a smaller bill), nothing else will change and there won’t be an interruption in supply. Continue to use your energy as and when required.

Will there be any overlap periods where I pay twice for my gas/electric use?

Categorically no. When the switch over date is agreed, your old supplier will stop charging you on that day and your new supplier will take over. You will not be billed twice if you’ve remembered to cancel your outstanding Direct Debit.

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