How are we funded?

How does The Energy Shop earn revenue?

The Energy Shop offers a free and impartial service, which allow users to compare energy prices and tariffs from the vast majority of licensed gas and electricity suppliers in the UK (apart from Northern Ireland).

The free part is very important to us, but obviously we need to try and cover our costs.

Running a complex price comparison site involves databases, application software, servers, hosting, bandwidth, data licences and - most importantly - people, and all of this costs money.

So to fund this site and to keep the service free to use, we have entered into switching arrangements with a wide range of vetted energy suppliers. Being able to take switches directly on our website benefits our users in a number of ways which are explained below.

How it works?

Each time you make an application to switch gas and / or electricity provider using our website we earn a potential commission. That commission is only payable if the switch completes successfully. We earn between £15 and £30 per fuel for each successfully completed switch. Due to the stringent data standards we run and the energy suppliers we partner with we are pleased to say that the vast majority of switches that we take complete first time.

The advantages of using The Energy Shop to switch

Firstly, it makes the switching process much easier for you because we can accept applications and send them securely and electronically to your new energy supplier.

Secondly, if things don't work out with your new supplier then you have an independent record with an independent party (that's us) as evidence of what you signed up to. And, we can help out with the switch process if needed.

Thirdly, it doesn't cost you anything. We don't charge you, and the prices for the tariff you apply for will be the same if you went to the supplier directly.

Finally, we only deal with suppliers that we have researched and vetted. We do not deal with suppliers that have limited capital and use customer's money to gamble on your energy bills.

How can I tell which tariffs earn you a commission on?

On the results page, some tariffs will have an "Apply" button next to them. An "Apply" button allows you to make an application. If that application goes through successfully then we will earn a commission.

How do your commission deals affect the results I see?

Our search results are defaulted to the partial view. This lists tariffs that we can switch you to strictly in order of average annual spend (over the next 12 months) ranked by lowest annual bill first.

If you opt for the Wider Market View you will see a wider set of tariffs some of which you will not be able to switch to with us. These are also ranked strictly in order of average annual spend (over the next 12 months) sorted by lowest annual bill first.

So commission arrangements absolutely do not affect the way we display tariffs. It does however affect which tariffs we show you on the results page.

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