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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.

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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 Fix 1 Year Exclusive v10 27/04/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 1 Year Exclusive April 2020 27/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Super Saver April 2021 B5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Renewal April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Renewal April 2021 Online 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Super Saver April 2021 B3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Exclusive Super Saver April 2021 B2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
npower Exclusive Fix April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Together Energy Together 25 December2020 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Fix for Longer 24M v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver April 2021 Online 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Fix For Less 18M v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Green Star Energy Fix For Less 18M v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fix and Save April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fixed Saver April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fix and Save April 2021 v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Fixed Saver April 2021 v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Go Effortless Energy April 2019 v1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
OVO energy Better Energy 31 March 2020 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Tonik Energy Green Power (1 Year) v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Together Energy Green Together Fixed April21 v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EBICo Ebico Zero Green Fixed v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2021 B6 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
People's Energy People's Energy Fixed Tariff February 20 v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Powershop Baseline 2019 Issue 5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
TOTO Energy TOTOlly Green Fix 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
TOTO Energy Double Winter Brexit Protect Super Saver 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online 18 Month Apr21 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy DualFuel Saver Apr21 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy BIue+Price Protection Apr21 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy BIue+Price Protection Apr21v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Apr21 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Apr21v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Apr21v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Apr21v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v6 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v7 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v8 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v9 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Apr21v10 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 EH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver April 2021 EM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 EH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 GH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fixed Saver April 2021 GM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 EH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 FH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver April 2021 FM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed April 2021 OM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver Fixed April 2021 PM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver Fixed April 2021 PM1 Online 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed April 2021 IM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed April 2021 SM1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed April 2021 SM2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix Your Energy April 2021 YH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix Your Energy April 2021 YH1 Online 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver April 2021 FM2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save April 2021 FH2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Online Exclusive Fixed April 2021 IM2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix Your Energy June 2021 YH1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ESB Energy 2 Year Price Protect v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
HUB energy Gulf Home Renewable 12 April 21 v1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
npower Go Green Energy Fix April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
npower Price Fix April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online v37 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save April 2021 Online 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
British Gas HomeEnergy Fix April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy First Fixed April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy 2 Year Fix Green Issue 4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy 2 Year Fix Green Issue 4 Paperless Billing 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed April 2021 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed April 2021 v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed April 2021 v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed April 2021 v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Helpful Octopus 24M Fixed March 2019 v1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy uSwitch Octopus 24M Fixed March 2019 v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Super Green Helpful Octopus 24M Fixed March 2019 v1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy iChoosr Collective Octopus 12M Fixed February 2020 v1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online Apr21v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online Apr21v3 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online Apr21v5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online Apr21v7 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Together Online 1 Year Fix Apr21 v2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21v4 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21v5 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Apr21v6 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Fixed April 2021 plus Gift Cards 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Shell Energy April 2021 Charge and Drive 2000 miles 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2020Potato1 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2020Potato2 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Utility Point Up & Save Spring 20 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Up 20 Wk13 Direct 30/04/2021 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed february 2020 v1 30/04/2021 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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