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 Fix 2 Year v5 29/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 2 Year v5 Go Green 29/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Total Service Renewal Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online+Smart Home Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Total Service 2 Year Fix Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Easy Online+BoilerCare Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Simply Online+BoilerCare Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Together Total Service Jan22 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EDF Energy Together Total Service Jan22v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Fix and Save January 2022 EH1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Saver January 2022 EM1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate January 2022 Online 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver Single Rate January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver Single Rate January 2022 Online 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate May 2022 Online 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate May 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Jan 2022v5 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Jan 2022v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Jan 2022v3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Jan 2022v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver January 2022 B1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online Exclusive v57 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online v43 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 1 Year v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver January 2022 B2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix Online Exclusive v58 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Super Saver January 2022 B3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Scottish Hydro SSE Fix and Fibre v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Southern Electric SSE Fix and Fibre v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Swalec SSE Fix and Fibre v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Warehouse Green Fix 9 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Online Fix Jan 2022v7 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Jan 2022v6 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Scottish Hydro SSE 1 Year Fix v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Southern Electric SSE 1 Year Fix v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Swalec SSE 1 Year Fix v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Scottish Hydro SSE Fix and Drive v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Southern Electric SSE Fix and Drive v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE Swalec SSE Fix and Drive v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas Green Future Jan 2022v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas HomeEnergy Secure Jan 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix and Stay 1 Year v6 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy First Fixed January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
OVO energy 2 Year Fixed Energy 4 December 2019 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
isupplyenergy Discover Green 24 months 12v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Powershop Fixed Term 24 Month 2019 Issue 2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Network Energy GNE Family Green 2 Year Fixed V4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Helpful Octopus 24M Fixed April 2019 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Powershop Fixed Term 18 Month 2020 Issue 3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 18M Fixed Wk23 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy January 2022 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy January 2022 v3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Go Further January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Shell Energy Energy January 2022 v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v1 (paperless billing) 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v2 (paperless billing) 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed november 2020 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
HUB energy Gulf Home Renewable 12 January 22 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 12M Fixed Standard Wk52 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 12M Fixed Wk52 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
So Energy So Bluebell Essential - Green 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed january 2021 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
London Power my london carbon neutral plan 12m fixed november 2020 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
London Power my london tree plan 12m fixed november 2020 v1 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
OVO energy Better Smart 15 December 2020 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
So Energy So Bluebell - Green 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Network Energy GNE Family Green 12 Month Fixed V10 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy Brussels20 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2020Mushroom 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy Leek20 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
HUB energy Gulf Home Renewable 12 January 22 v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk01 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
London Power my london fixed yearly plan 12m fixed january 2021 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
People's Energy People's Energy Fixed Tariff December 20 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
OVO energy Better Smart 05 January 2021 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Avro Energy Simple and SuperPremier 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Wk02 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Join UP 21 12M Fixed Standard Wk01 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
People's Energy People's Energy Fixed Tariff January 21 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
OVO energy Better Energy 03 December 2020 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE SSE Fix and Fibre v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
PFP Energy Fixed - January 2022 - Green v3 (paperless billing) 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE SSE 1 Year Fix v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
SSE SSE Fix and Drive v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2021Mushroom 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
OVO energy 1 Year Fix v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy 2020Cabbage 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy Cauliflower20 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy Chard21 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy SimplyLoyal20 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Simplicity Energy SimplyLoyal21 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Utility Point Just Up 21 Wk04 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Goodlord Tenant September 2020 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Arsenal Green 12M Fixed September 2020 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Bayes 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Clarke 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Fourier 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Green Stirling 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy OUB 12M Fixed September 2020 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy Just Move In Planet Friendly 12M Fixed September 2020 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
Octopus Energy One Utility Bill Tenant Tariff September 2020 v2 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
British Gas HomeEnergy Secure Green Jan 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
EBICo Ebico Prime 24 Fixed v3 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2022 Online 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2022 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
ScottishPower Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2022 Online 31/01/2022 Compare Now >
E.ON Fix 2 Year v4 31/01/2022 Compare Now >

How can I switch energy supplier without penalty?

You can switch energy supplier without paying an exit fee up to 49 day before your contract is due to expire.

Introduced by Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, the rules state that a customer must not be charged exit fees if they leave during or after the 'switching window, which is "49 calendar days before a fixed term contract ends".

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 energy 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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