When can you switch energy supplier without penalty

Switching from your supplier's standard variable rate tariff to a cheaper fixed rate energy deal is a quick and easy way to cut the cost of your gas and electricity bills, but to make the most of the best-priced energy deals out there, you need to regularly compare energy prices and switch.

When is the best time to switch my energy tariff?

With current deals being cheaper, our current advice is for customers to sit tight until they are closer to their expiry date ideally switching 3-weeks before. That way, they maximise their savings on their current deal before switching to the new deal which is going to be slightly more expensive.

What happens when my energy tariff ends?

When you switch to a fixed rate energy deal, you agree to pay a set amount for each unit of energy you use for the length of the deal - remember, it's only the unit rate that is fixed, so the more energy you use, the higher your bills will be.

Fixed rate deals usually last for 12 months, although some allow you to lock in your rates for longer, and when the contract reaches its end date, your supplier will automatically roll you onto its more expensive standard variable rate.

Although you won't be tied down to your supplier's variable rate deal, meaning you can switch at any time, to avoid overpaying for your energy, you should switch to a new deal before your current one expires.

The trouble is, many fixed rate deals come with an early exit fee, which is a penalty charge for backing out of your deal early.

These fees are usually charged per fuel, meaning that if you're on a dual fuel energy deal, you'll be charged two fees - one for gas and one for electricity - and the combined cost might add up to more than you'll save by switching, so always bear this in mind when comparing energy prices.

The good news is that not all fixed rate energy tariffs include this fee, and there is actually a way around paying it even on those deals that do.

How can I find out if my energy deal is ending?

The end date of a fixed rate energy contract probably isn't an anniversary you'll commit to memory, but there are a number simple ways to find out if your energy deal is ending.

The first is to check the table below, which shows all the energy deals ending this month - if your deal is on there, you can now switch with paying an exit fee.

Energy tariffs expiring this month

Below is a list of the energy tariffs for all energy suppliers due to expire this month:

Supplier Tariff Name Expiry Date
E.ON E.ON Fix and Drive v8 09/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON E.ON Fix and Drive v7 09/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 2 Year v4 with Carbon Offset 21/08/2021 Compare Now >
Outfox the Market Fix'D for 9 25/08/2021 Compare Now >
Outfox the Market Fix'D 20 13.0 29/08/2021 Compare Now >
Outfox the Market Fix'd 20 8.0 Plus 29/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 30/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 v5 30/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver August 2021 B1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Robin Hood Energy 12m Summer Saver v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fixed Saver August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver August 2021 B2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 v4 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy More Together Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online+Smart HomeAug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Aug21v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Fixed Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Aug21v4 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Better Together Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy GoElectric Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Aug21v6 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Aug21v5 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online+Smart HomeAug21v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Aug21v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save August 2021 GH1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save August 2021 EH1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver August 2021 EM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Super Saver August 2021 B3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Super Saver August 2021 B3 v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver Fixed August 2021 PM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver Fixed August 2021 PM1 Online 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver August 2021 FM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save August 2021 FH1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix Your Energy August 2021 YH1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2022 plus Rewards 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed August 2021 plus Gift Cards 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 plus Cashback 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 plus Google Nest Mini 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed August 2021 v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ESB Energy Brighter Future 12 v6 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ESB Energy Brighter Future 12 v7 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
People's Energy People's Energy Fixed Tariff July 20 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2020Swede 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy August 2021 plus Google Nest Hub 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Scottish Hydro 18 Month Fix and Fibre 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online v40 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy and Home Services Aug 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Aug 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
npower Fix Online v40 Aug 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Home Exclusive 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy and Home Services Aug 2021v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
isupplyenergy iFix 36-Month Jade Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Rate Saver 36m Fixed + Perks 1807 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Rate Saver 36m Fixed + Perks 1807 (paperless billing) 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Fix for Longer 24M v4 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed August 2021 plus Home Bundle 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Sainsbury's Energy Sainsbury's Energy 2 Year Fix and Reward v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy 2 Year Fix Issue 13 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy 2 Year Fix Issue 13 Paperless Billing 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Swalec 18 Month Fix and Fibre 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online Exclusive v44 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
OVO energy 2 Year Fixed Energy 29 July 2019 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save August 2021 Online 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver August 2021 Online 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EBICo Ebico Prime 24 fixed 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE SSE 2 Year Fixed v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Southern Electric SSE 2 Year Fixed v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Swalec SSE 2 Year Fixed v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Powershop Fixed Term 18 Month 2020 Issue 1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE 18 Month Fix and Fibre 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Southern Electric 18 Month Fix and Fibre 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21v4 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21v5 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Aug21v6 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EBICo 12m Summer Saver v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Zero Carbon (1 Year) v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fix and Save August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
So Energy So Aubergine ? Green 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Go SuperGreen (12m) v1 + Free Boiler Service 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Go Zero Carbon (12m) v1 + Free Boiler Service 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Green SuperPower (1 Year) v8 + Free Boiler Service 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Green Power (1 Year) v9 + Free Boiler Service 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Powershop First Year Promise 2020 Issue 2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Powershop Fixed Term 12 Month 2020 Issue 7 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Total Service Aug21v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Total Service Aug21 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate August 2021 Online 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver Single Rate August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver Single Rate August 2021 Online 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fixed Saver August 2021 GM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fixed Saver September 2021 GM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed August 2021 SM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed August 2021 IM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed August 2021 OM1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Utility Warehouse Green Fixed 4 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Yorkshire Energy Green Haworth - Fixed Until 31st August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
London Power my london carbon neutral plan 12m fixed july 2020 v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed july 2020 v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
HUB energy Gulf Home Renewable 12 August 21 v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Pure Planet 100% Green 12m Fixed Jul20 v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Yorkshire Energy Green Ribblehead - Fixed Until 31st August 2021 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
London Power my london carbon neutral plan 12m fixed august 2020 v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed august 2020 v1 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
Together Energy Green Together Fixed June21 - Exclusive 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 2 Year v3 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
SSE Scottish Hydro SSE 2 Year Fixed v2 31/08/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online Exclusive v46 31/08/2021 Compare Now >

How can I switch energy supplier without penalty?

The most obvious way around paying an early exit fee is to sign up to an energy deal that doesn't have one.

If your energy deal does come with a penalty fee for cutting your contract short, then you can avoid paying it by making sure you only switch once your deal has 49 days or fewer left to run. This is because rules from Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, mean that your supplier can't charge you any exit fees if you switch within 49 days of the end of your current tariff.

When is my energy deal ending?

You can find out if your energy tariff's end date by doing any one of the following:

  • Check your most recent energy bill - Whether you're billed online or through the post, all the information you need to switch supplier can be found on your latest bill, including the amount of energy you use, the name of the plan you're currently on and the date it's due to end.
  • Get in touch with your energy supplier - If you can't find a recent bill but you do know who supplies your energy, you can find out your contract's end date by getting in touch with your supplier and asking them. They should be able to give you the information you need based on your address and the security questions on your account.
  • Wait for your supplier to get in touch with you - Once your energy deal is nearing its expiry date, your supplier has to write and let you know. You should get a letter through the post between 42 and 49 days before your tariff ends, which will outline the exact end date - once this arrives, you can switch without having to pay any exit fee.

What should I do if my energy deal is ending?

Compare prices and switch, is the simple answer.

If your energy deal comes with an exit fee attached, you should start comparing prices as soon as it enters its last 49 days - although you can compare prices and switch online in minutes, the actual switching process can take up to 21 days, so it makes sense to arrange your transfer to a new supplier as soon as possible.

If your energy deal doesn't charge an early exit fee, it makes sense to compare prices every month, to see if you can get a cheaper deal elsewhere. Although this might sound like an unnecessary hassle, it only takes a few minutes to run an energy price comparison with The Energy Shop and, once you decide on a deal you like, we'll handle the whole switch for you.

What happens if I don't switch before my current energy deal ends?

If you don't switch before your current deal ends, your supplier will simply roll you onto its standard variable rate tariff - although this means you'll still have gas and electricity to power your property, it also means you'll be paying more than you need to for energy.

And while the government's energy price cap puts a maximum on the amount suppliers can charge on their standard variable rate deals, you can save a lot more money by switching to a better-priced fixed rate energy deal.

If you are rolled onto your supplier's standard variable rate tariff, you can switch away from this at any time, without being charged a penalty.

How do I switch energy suppliers?

The simplest way to switch energy supplier is to run a price comparison with The Energy Shop - we'll instantly compare the best deals from across the market, so you can see how much you could save by switching.

All you have to do is find a deal you like and let us know you want to switch by clicking the 'Proceed' button. We'll then handle the rest of the switch from there, by informing your current supplier that you'll be leaving and letting your new one know you're joining.

You'll be with your new supplier and saving money within 21 days.


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