Read on for some tips, advice and inspiration on how you can make the most of your uSwitch cashback.
uSwitch was established in September 2000 as a way for customers to save money on the back of the deregulation of gas and electricity markets. The company is still going strong today, and it's still best-known for its energy service – but as you'll see when you visit the website, it also offers comparison and switching in a number of other sectors, including broadband and TV.
The great thing about uSwitch is it's completely free to use. It makes money by charging suppliers a fee when it switches customers over to them, which means you get a really handy service – a complete insight into the market, and virtually all the paperwork handled – without paying a penny extra.
To get started, you’ll need your postcode and your latest gas and electricity bill. If you don’t have one handy, you’ll be asked a few extra questions when filling out the comparison tool form.
It’s easy to compare energy prices and deals in your area with uSwitch. When you enter your details into the comparison tool, you'll get personalised results based on your location and current electricity and gas usage. They'll show offers from many of the big providers, alongside some smaller suppliers you might not have heard of (deregulation made the market a much bigger place). All you need to do is see how much money you could save, and pick the deal that's right for you.
You can switch domestic energy suppliers at any time, but you’ll need to check your current supplier energy agreement to see if you’ll be able to switch freely, or whether you’ll need to pay any early exit fees.
The energy prices you find on uSwitch could save you more money than you might expect, especially if you haven’t changed your gas and electricity tariffs in a while. uSwitch found that at least 10 percent of people who switched energy supplier for both gas and electricity saved £491 or more, based on data from a three month period in 2016.
There is no one cheapest energy provider for all, which is why uSwitch bases its results on your usage and location. You’ll likely see the biggest savings if you’ve been on a standard plan; this is the default tariff you get if you haven’t requested a specific plan. It is often the most expensive tariff provider by a supplier, and isn’t protected from price rises.
You can do more than compare energy tariffs on the uSwitch site. You’ll also find a range of guides that address frequently asked questions, profile specific energy suppliers, and lift the lid on the ins-and-outs of the industry (if you're not sure how energy meters work or what your energy bill really means, you'll find out here).
All of these guides are there to help you learn more about your gas and electricity supply, and ultimately save more money on your energy bills. They're broken down into handy topic sections, including Tariffs, Switching, Bills and more, and they're particularly useful for users who are buying energy for the first time, or who haven’t switched before. There's also a whole section devoted to saving energy, so you can keep driving those costs down even after you've made the switch.
Energy bills aren't just a domestic issue. uSwitch can also help businesses to find the best deals on electricity and gas tariffs – and if you're a business owner, you'll know how valuable that can be.
In order to get help from uSwitch business energy, you’ll need to enter your name and business details online to get a call back. The process is a bit different from finding domestic tariffs, as prices for business electricity and gas are based on bespoke quotes from each supplier. You’ll also only be able to switch during your renewal period, so you’ll need to find details of when this will take place. Even so, uSwitch can take some of the legwork out of the switching process, and make it much more transparent. It's worth checking the T&Cs before going ahead with this, as business switches might not be eligible for cashback.
If you think you’re spending too much on energy, comparing tariffs is a sensible step to take. To take it one step further, why not think about getting a smart meter installed so you can see how much energy you’re using in real time? It might surprise you to learn which appliances are costing you the most money, and it'll definitely help you take steps to cut down on your usage.
Check out uSwitch's smart meter guides to find out more about installation and how to read the in-home display (that's the little touch-screen gizmo that shows you what's going on – sometimes referred to as an IHD). Each supplier has their own type, but they should all show your electricity and gas usage in pounds and pence and kWh; your spend for the current bill period; and a comparison of your real-time usage to the previous week, month or year.
You're probably wondering whether it really is as easy as we've made it sound, and the answer – unless you're a business user – is yes. Once you’ve selected the deal you want, uSwitch genuinely does the rest. Your new energy supplier will agree a changeover date with your old supplier, and you'll get a welcome pack and letter to confirm everything has gone ahead.
Top tip: don't think of uSwitch as a 'one and done' service. Tariffs can start to creep up again after a few years with a new supplier, so it's a good idea to compare prices again at least once a year. Creating an account on uSwitch can make that easier – you'll get reminders that show you when your contract is up for renewal, and you'll be able to save some of your details to make future searches a little speedier. There's also a handy uSwitch app, but if you use the app for your search remember you'll need to go through the Quidco website to earn cashback. So hop out of the app and into your browser when you're ready to make the big switch.
If it’s your first time using uSwitch and you’re wondering where to begin, check out the suggestions below…
Do you use both gas and electricity at home? Sometimes dual fuel tariffs can work out cheaper. You can select dual fuel as an option when doing your uSwitch gas and electricity price comparison so you can see if it will benefit you.
When you get your results, you'll be able to see the terms of the dual fuel plans available to you. This includes whether the supplier will impose an early exit fee if you’d like to switch again during the term of the tariff. Pay close attention to that part, because some dual fuel tariffs have an exit fee for each energy provided, landing you with a larger-than-expected cost.
If you use a single power at home, or are only looking to change one of the tariffs you’re on, you’ll also find single fuel deals on uSwitch. This one's really simple: just enter your postcode, input your current spend or usage for the fuel you want to switch, then compare the results. You can also compare prices for heating oil, as uSwitch works in partnership with BoilerJuice.com – so whatever you use to heat and power your home, you could well be in line for some savings.
If you've ever had a boiler breakdown, you don't need us to tell you how valuable cover can be – it's no fun at all being stuck without heating and hot water. uSwitch also allows you to compare boiler insurance, and while that doesn't prevent the boiler breaking down in the first place, it does mean you can be sure someone will be along to fix or replace it.
Search options and filters include monthly or annual payments, level of cover and more, so it's easy to find the right option at the right price.
One of the standout reasons for using a comparison service like uSwitch is to discover suppliers you may not have heard of before. uSwitch energy providers include the big names, but also many smaller independent ones too. Going for the smaller ones doesn't mean buying blind – each supplier comes with a small blurb explaining what they’re about, as well as a uSwitch customer rating. This feature's perfect if you want to find an energy provider with particular features or values. With a little reading you'll be able to see who uses green or renewable energy, or reinvests profits into social or community schemes.
The lowest price isn’t everything – you could be relying on your new supplier for years, so you also need to know what kind of customer service you can expect. At uSwitch you can read customer reviews of each energy supplier, as well as aggregated customer service ratings. uSwitch customer ratings are based on independent YouGov surveys, looking at overall satisfaction, transfer process, value for money, customer service, and how likely someone would be to recommend the supplier. In other words: you can trust them.
If you still have questions about using uSwitch, you might find the answers below. If not, there's a full FAQ section on the uSwitch website.
You can get quotes on the uSwitch site, on the uSwitch app, or by phone. To get cashback, you'll need to select your new energy supplier and confirm your switch on the website – so if you've been using the app or phone methods to do your research, be sure to complete the process on the website.
Simply enter your postcode, then enter a few extra details that help uSwitch work out your current energy usage. You will then see a list of deals, including estimated savings you would make if you switched.
Nope. uSwitch will pass your details on to your new supplier, who will then contact your old supplier to agree on a switching date. Your new supplier will be in touch when the process is complete.
Yes. uSwitch is a free, independent price comparison service, accredited by Ofgem under its Confidence Code. The code requires comparison sites to provide services in an easy, reliable and reassuring way.
If you select a new energy supplier but change your mind, you have 14 days to cancel your switch using the uSwitch Guarantee.
If you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for from uSwitch, you can still earn cashback with a number of energy providers and other price comparison websites. On the supplier side, try our deals with SSE Energy and EDF; or continue your research at Energylinx and energyhelpline.
Even though we do our best to keep the information on this page up-to-date, it may be out of date from time to time.