Energy Comparison / Auto-Switch Services

Saving an average of £400 per year is a sweet and regular occurrence for those that routinely switch their Gas & Electricity supplier.

Only, most of us don’t make the switch, we stick with the same-old and swallow the ludicrous rip-off rates, allowing our bank accounts to cough up blood and mucus!! *slaps forehead*

Tenant Energy Supplier Switch

An Energy Switching Service will search the market to find the best energy deal for you, so you benefit from the best available tariff, and they’ll manage the entire switch for you.

“Auto-switching” is an additional feature (which many standard “switch” services DON’T provide), which enables them to automatically re-switch you onto the best tariff after your fixed term ends, ensuring that you are always on the cheapest deal.

All you need to do is sign-up once to an auto switch service, and that’s it. They take care of the rest. Over and over again.

How Energy Comparison & Auto-Switching Services work…

  1. Sign up to an energy comparison/auto-switch website ONCE.
  2. Enter the details of your property and current tariff(s).
  3. Allow their algorithm to search the market for better deals than your current one.
  4. Once a better deal is found, you can review and confirm the switch.
  5. Once the deal ends they’ll re-switch you onto the best tariff for your given energy usage – you don’t need to do anything. If it’s with a new supplier, your details will automatically get passed onto them, so you won’t need to supply your personal information again.

    Depending on which auto-switch service you use, they will either automatically switch you onto a better tariff, or they will notify you by email before switching. In either case, you will typically have a 14 day cooling-off period to cancel any switches.

That’s the jist of it, anyways.

Compare The Best Auto-Switch Energy Services
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Rating

4.4

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How 'Switchd' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Switchd keep checking to see if they can find you a better deal. In general, you'll get switched every 6-9 months.
  • They will automatically switch you to the best deal, but they will let you know that this is going ahead. You then have 14 days to tell them if you are not happy with the switch for any reason and they'll put a stop to it.
Market Coverage
  • Switchd compare every supplier in the market.
*Average Savings
  • £408 is the average real savings made by UK resident Switchd customers.
**Free or Paid Plan explained
  • Choose between a free or a paid plan (£1.99 - £4.99 per month). Energy switching with their paid plan will save you an average of £108 more than their free plans (and apparently their free competitors, too). They don't charge you a penny until they've saved you at least £50.
  • Exclusive discount code PIPLANDLORD to get 6 months half price on any of their paid plans.
Cost
**Free
Average Saving
*£408Per year
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**Discount Code: PIPLANDLORD

Rating

3.8

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How 'Homebox' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Homebox continuously check that you're on a good deal 24/7. You'll be switched on average once per year to a new supplier.
  • You have the option of choosing price alerts or auto-switching. With auto-switching you'll be automatically switched with 14 days to change your mind.
Market Coverage
  • Homebox can switch to more energy suppliers than any other free service. Instead of only switching to suppliers who pay the greatest commission, they actively seek out deals which are not available to other switching services and switch you over to them. This give you access to switch to 95% of deals on the market.
*Average Savings
  • £396 is the average saving made by Homebox customers.
**TrustPilot Score
  • FYI: It would be unfair to judge Homebox too harshly on their current TrustPilot score. All their reviews are 5 star to date, but unfortunately there's a shop also called Homebox in Dubai and consequently they've received a few negative reviews due to mistaken indentity (they're pretty obvious). Homebox are working with Trustpilot to get them removed ASAP.
Cost
Free
Average Saving
*£396Per year
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Rating

4.6

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How 'Flipper' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Flipper perform market checks for you every month. This means you could be switched a number of times over the course of a year.
  • They'll only switch you if they find a deal that saves you at least £50/year vs your current tariff.
Market Coverage
  • All suppliers in the market that satisfy Ofgem's supplier requirements.
*Average Savings
  • £385 is the average savings made by Flipper customers.
  • If applicable, savings calculated with energy exit fees included.
**£30/year explained
  • You don't pay anything until your first switch.
  • They differ from the other switch services because they check for deals every month (not every year like the others) and switch you automatically. They don't show the deals for review before switches are instructed, but you have a 14 day cooling-off period to cancel any switch.
Cost
**£30Per year
Average Saving
*£385Per year
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Rating

4.5

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How 'Weflip' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Weflip will typically switch you once a year, but if they find a deal that'll save you money sooner, they'll make sure you get it. Just not within three months of your last switch.
  • They'll only switch you if they find a deal that saves you at least £50/year (after any exit fees) vs your current tariff.
  • They will automatically switch you to the best deal, but they will let you know that this is going ahead. There is a 14-day cool-off period after each flip when you can easily cancel if you need to.
Market Coverage
  • Weflip have one of the biggest selections of energy suppliers and tariffs out there.
*Average Savings
  • £353 a year is the average savings made by Weflip customers.
Cost
Free
Average Saving
*£353Per year
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Rating

4.7

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How 'Migrate' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Migrate will switch you once a year.
Market Coverage
  • Most of the market and all the main suppliers.
*Average Savings
  • £300 is the average savings made by Migrate customers.
Cost
Free
Average Saving
*£300Per year
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Rating

4.6

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How 'Switchcraft' works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • Switchcraft will normally switch you once a year. But if your supplier puts their prices up by more than 10%, they'll switch you again.
  • They will email you before switching - and you can always say NO
Market Coverage
  • All suppliers that pay Switchcraft a commission for referrals.
*Average Savings
  • £268 is the average savings made by Switchcraft customers, which is a large selection of UK suppliers.
Cost
Free
Average Saving
*£268Per year
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Rating

4.6

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How 'Look After My Bills' (LAMB) works

Switch Process & Frequency
  • You'll get an email from Look After My Bills every time they are preparing to switch you. It will tell you who your new supplier is, the unit rate and standing charge of the new tariff and the amount you pay for your electricity and gas based on the readings you've provided them with.
  • They'll only switch you if they find a deal that saves you at least £50/year vs your current tariff.
Market Coverage
  • All suppliers that pay LAMB a commission for referrals and those that don't have terrible customer service.
*Average Savings
  • £253 is the average real savings made by UK resident LAMB customers. 1 in 10 members save £400+ per year.

P.s. Yes, in case you're wondering, these are the same folk that appeared on Dragon's Den and "got the best deal EVER" (YouTube clip).

Cost
Free
Average Saving
*£253Per year
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I recommend looking at the FAQ section of each switch service to determine how they manage switches, some of them slightly differ from one another. For example, Migrate switch your energy once a year. They will email you every time they are about to switch you, letting you know who your new supplier and tariff is, how much the plan will cost over the next 12 months and how much you are saving.

While Flipper check for deals every month and switch you automatically whenever they find a better saving over £50/yr. They don’t show the deals for review before switches are instructed, but you have a 14 day cooling-off period to cancel any switch.

I want to switch energy suppliers, but what about exit/cancellation fees and penalties?

There’s a decent article on Flipper’s website about Energy Supplier Exit Fees. To summarise:

  • Energy supplier exit fees (cancellation or leaving fees) are applied to fixed-term energy tariffs with a fixed price and contract end date. If a customer wants to switch energy and leave your provider before the end of the contract, an exit fee could apply.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all energy tariffs don’t have exit fees,
  • The highest energy exit fee in the UK is £100 per fuel by Engie – that’s £200 for both gas and electricity.
  • If you’re on a fixed-rate tariff (a fixed monthly fee and an end date) check your contract for details or information about exit fees.
  • Those on variable tariffs won’t have to pay an exit fee

On a sidenote, Flipper calculates savings with energy exit fees included. Savings figures tell customers how much they stand to save after exit fees are deducted.

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