British Gas is one of the most expensive energy providers out there. If you’re not sure how to go about switching away from British Gas, follow my guide below.
The good news is, over three million of us have switched energy suppliers in 2017. The bad news is, the vast majority of us haven’t. My brother recently made the switch (with a small nudge from my direction) from British Gas to npower and saved himself £425 per year! That’s over £35 per month for 15 minutes work.
Where to begin switching away from British Gas?
To get started you will need:
- British Gas login details
- Cake (everybody loves cake)
Find your tariff
First of all, log in to your account.
Then click “manage account”
You should see something similar to this.
Click on “Your tariff information” for further details.
The important information that you need to know is the tariff name and whether you need to pay exit fees. In the example above, the tariff is Standard (which is always more expensive) but there are no exit fees. You also need to know your payment method. British Gas may charge £30 per fuel if you leave more than 59 days before your contract ends. However, the savings from moving suppliers may outweigh these fees.
Once you have the tariff information, you need to find out how much energy you use each year. This will generally give you a more accurate price comparison compared with inputting how much you pay monthly.
Scroll down slightly and you will see
Click on “View my energy.” This will bring up
Now you will need to do a few things. Click on the small blue arrow to the left of 2017. To get an accurate figure, we want a whole year’s usage, so change that to 2016.
Click “Electricity” just under the year and also click “Used in kWh”. Next to 2016, you will now see a figure for your electricity usage from that year. Make sure you write this figure down.
Click on “Gas” and you will now see your gas usage for the same period. Again, write down this figure.
You should now be armed with your tariff name, whether you will be charged exit fees, payment method and your gas and electricity figures.
Next, it’s off to uSwitch to input your details and find a better deal. Click on the banner below to get started.
You will need to enter your postcode (as prices vary between regions) and email address.
Now you have most of the details you need, the first page of the form should be fairly self-explanatory.
The only topic we haven’t covered is whether you have an Economy 7 meter. These track day and night usage – similar to peak and off-peak for phone calls. If you have no idea if you have one, the chances are, you don’t.
On the next page, you can enter your usage figures.
At the bottom of the page, it will tell you how much your energy bill currently costs.
Then click “Find cheaper deals” to see how much of a saving you can make.
You will then see a list of suppliers, from the highest savings to the lowest. However, that list will only contain the suppliers that you can switch to through uSwitch.
To the left, you will see the following:
Click on the bottom option to see the full range of suppliers. These tend to be small suppliers, and if you want to switch to one of them, you will need to go direct to their site and enter your details again.
If you choose to change using uSwitch, select “Choose plan” next to the provider, and you’ll be a few minutes away from saving money.
This should cover nearly everything you need to know for switching away from British Gas, but please leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Oh, and eat the cake.