Energy Price Comparison

USwitch

USwitch and price comparison sites are famous for their catchy tv adverts. However, they don’t have to show you the best energy deal up front. They try to cleverly hide the best energy switching deals and show you the ones they get paid for instead. The calculation they use is also flawed. Sometimes, the best option is to wait before switching, but these sites will tell you to switch energy immediately so that they get paid. They are paid big fees when you switch to more expensive deals.

How we calculated the saving

We regularly anonomise our customer information, then run them through our competitors to ensure we are offering the best deal. The results are below. Ready to join Switchd? Click here

Price Comparion Site

80%
Incorrect deal - overpaying £86.

80% of the time, the cheapest deal was not shown. Hidden within the website the best deal was available, but as shown through Flipper's research, 97% of people can't find it.

Free Auto Switching Service

45%
Incorrect deal - overpaying £69.

45% of the time, the cheapest deal was not shown. Since free auto-switchers make money through commissions from suppliers they do not offer the best deal to their customers.

20%
Wrong time - overpaying £81.

20% of the time, a switch was recommended when the new tariff was a more expensive tariff. Price comparison sites want you to switch then and there, so as long as you save over the year they will switch you to the wrong deal.

35%
No switch - overpaying £145.

35% of the time, free auto switchers recommended staying on the current tariff, when a cheaper tariff would have saved money over the remaining duration of their tariff (including exit fees). They do this as need to comply to supplier conditions to earn commission.

£31
Yearly switches - overpaying £31.

Price comparison sites prompt you to visit their website when a deal is coming to an end but they don't suggest earlier or they break their agreements with suppliers. This loses you £31 a year.

£27
Yearly switches - overpaying £27.

Free automated switching services need to comply to supplier conditions, meaning they wait till switches end. This stops them switching regularly. This loses you £27 a year.

20%

Both in agreement that a customer should not switch tariff at that time.

£116

Total loss every year

£109

Total loss every year