About switching gas & electricity suppliers
Unravelit was the first price comparison service to be officially accredited by Energywatch (now Consumer Focus), the UK's gas and electricity watchdog. This means that our service meets strict standards in relation to the quality, accuracy and comprehensive of our data and the impartiality of our service. We provide you with the widest coverage of gas and electricity products and tariffs in the market.
About our services
We continuously monitor all UK gas and electricity suppliers and in many cases we have tariff information even before tariff changes are actually made. In this way we aim to ensure that we have the most accurate, reliable and comprehensive service in the market. Where we provide online application services, we are paid a small commission by the relevant supplier. This in no way affects the way in which we present savings, nor does it affect the price that you pay for your energy.
Why should I switch?
Consumers in the UK are free to choose their gas and electricity suppliers. The best deals offer substantial savings, and shopping around with this tool will help you find out how much you could save. It's just like looking for a better deal on your home insurance or motor insurance.
What do I need?
To get a quote takes just a few minutes. Tell us your postcode, the name of your suppliers, how much you spend per year, and we'll tell you how much you could save.
How does your service work?
This service compares over 14,000 different and constantly updated energy prices, from all the main suppliers in England, Scotland and Wales. Within 10 minutes you could end up saving over £270 a year on your energy bills.
What happens after I submit an application?
We will confirm your application by e-mail and forward your details securely to your chosen supplier. The supplier will start organising the switch and will contact you to confirm when the service will start.
What are the advantages to me?
This is a fully comprehensive, fully independent, and fully impartial service. It is fast, friendly, secure and FREE. We pull together all the data and information from the utility industry to make your life easier. Within 10 minutes you could end up saving over £170 a year on your energy bills. Try it for yourself and see. Use the service as often as you like; there is no obligation.
How do you keep your prices up to date?
We monitor all gas and electricity suppliers, and all tariffs, on a continuous basis. In most cases, we receive information before tariff changes are actually made. In this way we aim to provide you with the most comprehensive and accurate source of service and price data in the market.
How does unravelit make money?
Unravelit supports its business by earning a small commission for a successful energy application. unravelit has commercial relationships with the following energy supply companies:
Applications for tariffs from these suppliers can be submitted if a "Continue" button is visible. If a "Review" button is shown next to a tariff it is currently unavailable via unravelit.com
What about supplier's customer service levels?
You should consider reviewing information about the customer service level of suppliers before making the decision to switch. Complaints against energy suppliers are collected by the independent energy watchdog energywatch.
How can I get help with using less energy?
Unravelit publishes a regular newsletter that often offers up-to-date information on reducing your energy bills, and there is a lot of related information in our up-to-date News section. To sign up, click here. If you are interested in information about grants to help insulate your home, we recommend you visit the Energy Savings Trust website at http://www.est.org.uk/myhome/gid which offers an interactive calculator to show what is available at your postcode from a variety of national and local schemes, including Warm Front, Warm Deal, the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme, and the Energy Efficiency Commitment.
What is the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
If you qualify for payments under the Warm Home Discount Scheme and switch to an energy supplier that does not participate in the Scheme, then you will lose your entitlement. If this applies to you, or is likely to apply to you, then please read this first before switching so that you are aware of how it may affect you.
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme came into operation on 1 April 2011 and requires domestic energy suppliers to support arrangements to fuel poor customers over a number of years. It was initially supposed to run until March 2015 but now looks like it will be extended until March 2016.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for Warm Home Discount policy and legislation.
For winter 2014 to 2015, those who qualify get a £140 discount on their electricity bill through. The discount doesn't affect either Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments which are separate and independent payments.
For 2014/2015 you qualify for the discount if on 12 July 2014 ALL of the following applied to you:
- your supplier was part of the scheme
- your name (or your partner's name ) was on the bill
- you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
In addition to those customers referred to above, some suppliers can also offer the discount to other groups of vulnerable people. For example, those on a low incomes. Each supplier has their own rules about who else (known as the 'broader group') can get this help.
Participating suppliers as at March 2015
If you currently receive the discount and you switch to a supplier that does NOT participate in the scheme, then you will lose the discount. This will therefore affect the overall saving that you could make from switching.
The following suppliers ARE part of the scheme:
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- Equipower (Ebico)
- Equigas (Ebico)
- M&S Energy
- Ovo energy
- Sainsbury's Energy
- Scottish Gas
- Scottish Power
- SSE Scottish Hydro
- SSE Southern Electric
- SSE SWALEC
- Utility Warehouse
You will NOT get the discount if you apply for switch to any of the energy suppliers listed below.
- Better Energy
- Flow energy
- GB Energy
- Good Energy
- green energy uk
- Green Star Energy
- isupply energy
- LoCO2 energy
- Spark Energy
- Zog Energy