SORRY, IT'S ENDED. Unfortunately, our Big Winter Energy Switch event has now finished, but you can still save £100s/yr by switching - do a full market comparison to find your cheapest 

THE WINNING DEALS

Cheap exclusive tariff Including £25 dual-fuel cashback

SORRY, IT'S ENDED. Octopus Energy's Exclusive Octopus 12M Fixed February 2019 v3 is an exclusive one-year fix. It's the cheapest fixed deal on the market (incl MSE cashback) with typical use. Plus it's 100% renewable electricity and has top customer service.

Octopus Energy is a mid-sized firm with 500,000 customers. It's one of the best for service, scoring 85% 'great' (from 289 votes in our latest poll). We've worked with it on previous Big Switch events and it's done well - although this specific tariff is not part of our collective switch event.

It's for NEW dual and single-fuel (incl Economy 7) customers paying by monthly direct debit with paperless billing.

There are no early exit fees with this tariff, and if you move home during the fixed period, you can take it with you - though your rates may change if you move to a different energy region.

PS: We initially had 10,000 switches available, which was so popular it was then increased by 7,000. It's now extended the deal further - but we don't know how long it's going to be around. We are going to review our policy on how we communicate these offers in the future, but we didn't want to deprive you of the chance to grab it this time.

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How this tariff compares to others Correct as of 22 Feb 2019

Octopus Energy exclusive fix
£959/yr
Next cheapest fix
£960/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£1,254/yr
Based on avg price for typical dual-fuel direct-debit user - can vary by region. Includes £25 MSE cashback.
Quick Stats
  • Fixed for: 12 months
  • Early exit fee: £0
  • Average cost: £959/yr (incl MSE cashback)
  • Part of Warm Home Discount? No
  • MSE customer service poll: 85% 'great', 5% 'poor' (289 votes)
Good for you if
  • You want a cheap deal
  • You want top customer service
  • You want to fix your prices
  • You want green electricity
Not for you if
  • You just want the cheapest
  • You want a big name
  • You want to fix your prices for longer
Big Switch Tariff #1 Including £25 dual-fuel cashback

SORRY, IT'S ENDED: EDF Energy's Simply Fixed Jun20v2 tariff is the cheapest fix out there from a big six firm (incl MSE cashback), based on typical use. Plus it's fixed for 16 months - a little longer than competing deals.

EDF is the best-performing big six energy supplier for customer service, according to our latest poll - 42% rated its customer service 'great' (from 320 votes).

It's available for new and existing dual-fuel and elec-only customers, paying by direct debit or cash/cheque.

If you decide to leave the fix early, you'll be charged exit fees - £70 for dual fuel, £35 for elec only.

If you move home during the fixed period, EDF will let you take the fix with you, though your prices may change if you move to a different supply region.

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How this tariff compares Correct as of 19 Feb 2019

EDF Big Switch fix
£999/yr
Next cheapest big six fix
£1,005/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£1,235/yr
Based on avg price for typical dual-fuel direct-debit user - can vary by region. Includes £25 MSE cashback.
Quick Stats
  • Fixed for: 16 months
  • Early exit fee: £35/fuel
  • Average cost: £999/yr (incl MSE cashback)
  • Part of Warm Home Discount? Yes
  • MSE customer service poll: 42% 'great', 23% 'poor' (320 votes)
Good for you if
  • You want to fix your prices
  • You want a big name supplier
  • You get the warm home discount
Not for you if
  • You just want the cheapest
  • You want to fix your prices for longer
Big Switch Tariff #2 Including £25 dual-fuel cashback

SORRY, IT'S ENDED: E.on Energy's Fix 2 Year MSE Collective Feb 2019 tariff is the cheapest two-year fix on the market. It lets you lock in a cheap rate for 24 months with one of the big six suppliers. Plus you get £25 MSE dual-fuel cashback.

In our latest customer service poll, 35% rated E.on's service 'great' (from 301 votes).

It's available for new and existing dual-fuel and elec-only customers, paying by direct debit or cash/cheque.

If you decide to leave the fix early, you'll be charged exit fees - £60 for dual fuel, £30 for elec only.

If you move home during the fixed period, E.on will let you take the fix with you, though your prices may change if you move to a different supply region.

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How this tariff compares Correct as of 19 Feb 2019

E.on Big Switch tariff
£1,037/yr
Next cheapest long fix
£1,051/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£1,235/yr
Based on avg price for typical dual-fuel direct-debit user - can vary by region. Includes £25 MSE cashback.
Quick Stats
  • Fixed for: 24 months
  • Early exit fee: £30/fuel
  • Average cost: £1,037/yr (incl MSE cashback)
  • Part of Warm Home Discount: Yes
  • MSE customer service poll: 35% 'great', 35% 'poor' (301 votes)
Good for you if
  • You prefer an established provider
  • You want to fix your rates for longer
  • You get the warm home discount
Not for you if
  • You just want the cheapest deal
  • You want the choice to leave without penalty
Big Switch Tariff #3 Including £25 dual-fuel cashback

SORRY, IT'S ENDED. Green Network Energy's GNE MSE Exclusive Green 12 Month Fix v2 is a super-cheap one-year fix (incl MSE cashback) on typical use. Initially we had 5,000 switches, but they were going quick so we asked for more, and got another 10,000.

Green Network Energy is a mid-sized company, with 240,000 UK customers, which is owned by a large Italian energy firm. We've arranged enhanced customer service for this deal, so if it doesn't sort any problems we can help out.

You can only get this tariff if you're new to Green Network Energy - it's not available to the firm's current customers - on dual fuel (gas & electricity), including Economy 7. It's 100% renewable electricity. You'll also need to pay by monthly direct debit and take paperless billing.

If you decide to leave the fix early, you'll be charged exit fees - £50 for dual fuel, £25 single fuel. Also bear in mind that if you move home during the fixed period, you can't take the tariff with you and you'll need to pay the exit fees.

However, a few new tariffs have launched during our event that undercut this deal on typical use. If they're cheaper for you, they'll show up in your comparison.

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How this tariff compares Correct as of 19 Feb 2019

GNE Big Switch fix
£967/yr
Cheapest fix
£959/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£1,235/yr
Based on avg price for typical dual-fuel direct-debit user - can vary by region. Includes £25 MSE cashback.
Quick Stats
  • Fixed for: 12 months
  • Early exit fee: £25/fuel
  • Average cost: £967/yr (incl MSE cashback)
  • Part of Warm Home Discount? No
  • MSE customer service poll: 69% 'great', 17% 'poor' (52 votes)
Good for you if
  • You want a cheap deal
  • You want to fix your prices
  • You want renewable electricity
Not for you if
  • You want a longer fix
  • You prefer a big name supplier
  • You get the warm home discount
Winner # Including a £15/fuel cashback

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How this tariff compares to others Correct as of xxx xx xxxx

Big winter switch event cost
£xxx/yr
Next cheapest supplier on the open market
£xxx/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£xxx/yr
Based on avg. price for typical dual fuel direct debit user - can vary by region.
Quick Stats
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How this tariff compares to others Correct as of xxx xx xxxx

Big winter switch event cost
£xxx/yr
Next cheapest supplier on the open market
£xxx/yr
Typical standard big six cost
£xxx/yr
Based on avg. price for typical dual fuel direct debit user - can vary by region.
Quick Stats
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FAQS

Can I get the Big Switch 13 tariffs?

Due to energy regulator Ofgem's rules, to be eligible for our collective switch tariffs you have to have been a member of our Cheap Energy Club or signed up to our weekly email by noon on 5 February 2019. 

If you're eligible, the tariffs will show up in your results when you do a full market comparison.

The Octopus Energy tariff isn't one of our collective deals, so anyone can get it - provided you're a new customer and pay by monthly direct debit. However, it's only available with cashback if you switch through us.

What customer service help is in place for the Big Switch?

Green Network Energy has agreed to provide enhanced customer service to help deal with the Big Switch. This includes extra customer service staff, and special briefings on this deal for those staff. 

Are my prices capped?

At the beginning of the year, Ofgem introduced a price cap on all standard and default tariffs. There are five need-to-knows about the price cap:

1. It's not actually a cap on prices. Instead, it caps the rate charged. Some have reported the £1,137/yr cap as the maximum anyone will pay - that is untrue. It's the average figure for someone with typical usage. If you use more, your cap will be higher. Use less, and it's lower.

2. The level of the cap also varies. Depending on where you live, you could end up paying more. That's because rates vary across the 14 energy 'distribution' regions in England, Scotland and Wales. For example, under the cap, customers in south west England are charged a typical £1,173/yr - £62/yr more than those living in the cheapest region, Yorkshire.

3. The cap reduced many standard tariffs by 10%, but switching would've saved 25%. The cap did act to cut costs, but far bigger savings are possible by doing a comparison and switching.

4. The cap will RISE by 10% in April. The first price cap rate covers 1 January to 31 March. The new rate was revealed on Thursday 7 February, with a rise of 10% to £1,254/yr to hit on 1 April.

5. Your PREDICTED SAVINGS ARE UNDERESTIMATED. If you're on a big six standard tariff, price comparisons, including our own Cheap Energy Club, base your savings on the current energy price. Yet all the big six standard tariffs are within a quid or two of the cap, and will almost certainly jump when it goes up. So your savings are substantially underestimated.

Other Questions

I'm an existing Green Network Energy, EDF or E.on customer - can I still get its Big Switch tariff?

The Green Network Energy tariff is only available to new customers, so if you're already with the supplier you won't be able to get its Big Switch tariff. 

The E.on and EDF tariffs are available to new and existing customers. Existing E.on customers won't pay any exit fees on their current tariff if they switch to our collective deal. However, EDF has told us exit fees will apply to existing customers who want to switch to its deal, unless they're in the last 90 days of their fix.

Are the Big Switch tariffs always cheapest?

No, not always. In some of our Big Switch Events we've managed to get the cheapest on the market at the time, but not always. 

It also depends on where you live and your usage - prices can vary by region and usage. To make sure you get the cheapest tariff for you, we give you a comparison of the collective deals with all other tariffs on the market when you log in to Cheap Energy Club during our Big Switch Events.

Remember to give regular meter readings as well, otherwise your bills could be estimated and much higher than they should be. 

Can I keep my warm home discount?

You can with EDF and E.on, as they offer the warm home discount to the 'core' and 'broader' groups. 

Green Network Energy doesn't offer the warm home discount - so if you get the discount, factor this in when you compare.

How long does it take to switch?

Nothing will happen for two weeks after you click to switch. This is because energy suppliers have a cooling-off period of 14 days, which starts the date you submit your switch. The switch process should then take around three weeks for these deals.

But don't worry - you won't lose your supply during this time. It should be a seamless handover from one provider to another. All that's really changing is the billing, not the actual gas and electricity you're supplied.

Energy suppliers are supposed to keep you updated on your switch (via letter/telephone/email - please keep an eye on your junk/spam folder). If you ever have any queries about your switch, you can always contact your energy supplier for an update.

Why can't I see the Big Switch tariffs in my results?

If you can't see the Big Switch tariffs, make sure you don't have any filters (eg, 'Big Name Suppliers') applied to your search results, which could be filtering out the deals.

You also won't see them if you joined Cheap Energy Club, or signed up for our weekly email, after noon on Tuesday 5 February. 

I'm locked in a fix, should I switch?

It depends. Do a comparison and check to see how much you could save. Factor in exit fees and if you're still saving enough, it may be worth switching.

What do I need to switch suppliers?

A bill - preferably an annual one - would be good. You should see your annual energy consumption on it. Use kilowatt hours (kWh) rather than cost if you can, as this gives the most accurate results.

If you don't have a bill, you can estimate your usage or the comparison can provide an estimate if you give us a few details about your home. The answer won't be perfect but it should give you a good idea of what you use and what you can save. 

I'm in debt, can I still switch?

There are no set rules among suppliers on switching while in debt. It's worth checking with your existing supplier directly, although if you arrange a debt repayment plan, it should let you switch.

Can I switch if I have solar panels and a feed-in tariff?

You can switch your gas and electricity energy supplier and this shouldn't affect the payments you get from your existing feed-in tariff provider - it is obliged to continue making payments to you. You can do your switch as normal via Cheap Energy Club.

If you'd like to change your feed-in tariff provider, you'll need to arrange this with your chosen energy supplier - you can't do this through Cheap Energy Club.

The big six energy companies (British Gas, EDF, E.on, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE) must pay a feed-in tariff to you if you generate renewable energy at home through solar panels. Some smaller companies don't offer feed-in tariffs. To find out which do, please see Ofgem's website.

See our Solar Panels guide for more info.

Do smart meters affect switching?

At the moment, smart meters aren't always compatible with different providers, which means if you switch to another supplier, your smart meter could lose some of its ‘smart’ functionality. However, all this means is that you'd have to go back to manually providing meter readings to your new supplier. Other ‘smart’ functions, such as in-home display of energy use, should still work.

The Government is planning to make all smart meters compatible between different providers by 2020, but currently this isn’t possible.

Can I get paper bills?

You can with the EDF tariff. Initially you're set up on paperless billing when you switch, but you're free to change that to receive paper bills. 

The Green Network Energy and E.on deals are paperless billing only. 

Can I get these tariffs on Economy 7?

Yes, all our Big Switch tariffs are available on Economy 7. 

Can I see the standing charge and kilowatt hour cost?

Yes, you can view the standing charge and price per kilowatt hour in your region when you do a full market comparison. You'll be able to see this for our Big Switch tariffs and for all other deals available on the market. 

My fix is ending now, can I still get the Big Switch tariffs?

If your fix is ending now, you can still get the Big Switch tariffs. However, you may be moved onto your current supplier's standard tariff for a brief period. Once you apply for the switch, it can take up to three weeks to complete, so if you'll be moved onto a standard tariff, factor this in.

If you've recently switched but want to go for our collective tariffs, remember you have a 14-day cooling-off period from when you receive confirmation of the switch, during which you can stop the process penalty-free. 

Can they put my price up on fixed tariffs?

It's the rate that's fixed - the price you pay for each unit of energy you use and the standing charge for being connected to the supply - so your price can increase if you start using more energy. 

Also, if your bills are estimated, they may be higher than they should be - so remember to give regular readings to your supplier. 

Can I switch if I'm renting?

Yes, if you pay the bills directly - according to Ofgem, your landlord can't "unreasonably" prevent you from switching.

But it's usually worth discussing the switch with the landlord before doing it.  

Does MSE make money from this?

Suppliers pay us to switch you in comparisons and collective schemes; we give roughly half that back in cashback. 

This helps pay our data and switch suppliers, as well as the team that works on this - and hopefully leaves us some profit.

As always, we only ever write about tariffs based on our legally binding Editorial Code.