Ofgem: sharp rise in households switching energy deals in 2015

Ofgem: sharp rise in households switching energy deals in 2015

Over six million households switched energy provider last year. Should you follow their lead?

Reena Sewraz

Household money

Reena Sewraz
Updated on 22 February 2016

More and more people are shopping around for new deals on their energy, according to new figures from Ofgem.

The energy regulator said 6.1 million households switched their energy deal in 2015, up 15% (around 820,000) on the year before.

It’s the highest number of switches since 2011, with 40% choosing to go for an independent supplier rather one of the ‘Big Six’ energy firms made up of British Gas, npower, SSE, Scottish Power, EDF and E.ON.

Rachel Fletcher, Ofgem senior partner, said: “It’s encouraging to see switching levels at their highest level for four years. With more than 30 suppliers active in the energy market and hundreds of pounds of savings to be made, it’s a great opportunity to shop around.”

Shopping around

Ofgem says households could save an average of £200 on their energy bills by moving to another deal.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is currently investigating the energy market after Ofgem raised concerns about soaring profits and firms charging households that don’t switch more.

It is due to release its verdict and remedies to improve the market in March, with a final report to be published on 25th June.

How much could you save?

All of the big energy firms have cut standard gas prices by at least 5.1%, however none have made any reductions to standard electricity prices despite wholesale costs falling.

Read Gas and electricity tariffs: the latest energy company price cuts.

It's important to remember that the standard tariff is usually a firm’s worst tariff, and the one you get moved to when a fixed deal comes to an end.

So don’t be fooled by the price cuts. See how much you can save by switching to the cheapest deals around. The ten cheapest deals around today are listed below.

Energy supplier

Tariff name

Average UK price*

First Utility

First Fixed April 2017 v4


Go Effortless

Domestic Energy  January 2016 v1


Extra Energy

Fresh Fixed Price Oct 2017 v1


So Energy

So Caterpillar


Extra Energy

Bright Fixed Price Oct 2017 v1


Places for People

Together February 2017 fixed 31



Energy Fixed 1 Year v19


Extra Energy

Clear Fixed Price Oct 2017 v1



Fixed Energy Online March 2017


GB Energy Supply

Premium Energy Saver


Prices based on average consumption as measured by Ofgem of 12,500kWh of gas and 3,100kWh of electricity and a customer paying by monthly direct debit including VAT.

See how much you could save. Compare gas and electricity deals today

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