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Hoppy is here to hunt down the best deals for you. With so much choice out there, and so many different proviers with fixed price plans, those who think they might not be getting the best deal don't have to settle for less anymore. 

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Energy Questions

What are the different meter types?

Meters come in different shapes and sizes. There’s the prepayment meter where you pay for your energy in advance and ‘top up’ your meter. Standard meters –  the most common meter type – allow you to pay for your gas and electricity by cash, card or direct debit. Economy 7 electricity meters charge different rates for day and night usage, the night time rate will be cheaper.  

A word on smart meters. The government wants the majority of homes across the UK to have a smart meter installed. If you don’t have one already, these meters deal directly with energy suppliers, meaning there’s no need to send meter reads and your bills should be more accurate as you’ll only pay for what you use.

How are service ratings calculated?

Switching suppliers isn't only about the cheapest tariff. Many customers want to know about other important things like customer service. The service ratings in our results tables give a guide to the level of service you can expect from a supplier using an easy-to-understand star system:  

1 star = very poor 

2 stars = poor 

3 stars = average 

4 stars =good 

5 stars = excellent 

Ratings are calculated using Citizens Advice stats. They include the number and severity of customer complaints received, customer service availability and the quality of their online services. The service ratings were last updated in July 2017.

When my fixed tariff expires, how can I renew it?

Your supplier will give you plenty of notice before your fixed tariff ends and tell you your options. You can either choose another fixed tariff from your existing supplier or switch to a new deal with a new supplier. If you don’t do anything you’ll lapse onto your supplier’s standard variable tariff and these are the more expensive ones.

It’s also worth noting that, once you receive your renewal notification from your supplier, you are free to switch without penalties – even if your current tariff has exit fees.

What’s an exit fee?

Suppliers sometimes charge exit fees if you want to leave a fixed energy tariff contract before it ends.

Are smart meters safe?

We’ve checked with Smart Energy GB. They say Public Health England sees no danger or risk from smart meters. The smart meters used in Britain exceed every UK and EU safety standard. So it’s a Yes from us.

How can I switch energy supplier?

There are lots of ways. You can visit a supplier’s website directly or give them a call. Alternatively, use a price comparison website (like Hoppy!) You’ll get the most accurate quotes if you have your most recent bill handy.

Once you choose a new tariff, your new supplier will contact your old one so you don’t have to.

How easy is it to switch energy supplier?

With Hoppy? Super simple! We’ll do all the hard work, you just have to follow the steps below.

  1. Enter your name, postcode, and email address
  2. Let us know your energy usage and current supplier
  3. We'll show you the best gas and electricity deals in your area
  4. Pick the plan that suits you
  5. That's it, you've switched. We'll manage the rest and tell your new supplier
What are the different types of energy tariff?

There are several energy tariff options to choose from for your gas and electricity needs. Your choice will depend on if you want your bill to be a set price, or are happy with price variations. The 5 main energy tariffs are:

Standard Variable Tariff

This is the default tariff for most suppliers and once your current tariff ends you'll be automatically moved across to this.

Duel Fuel Tariff

As the name suggests, this is a tariff for both gas and electricity. One of the main benefits is that you'll only need to deal with one supplier for both, but it's always good to shop around to see if you could get a better deal on a single fuel tariff.

Fixed Rate Tariff

This tariff is fixed for a set period of time and is usually anywhere between 1 and 4 years. During this time, your tariff will not fluctuate up or down.

Capped Rate Tariff

This allows the cost of your tariff to decrease, however, it will never increase above a set amount.

Green Tariff

This is a great option for those looking to improve their eco-friendly credentials. You can choose between a mix of 100% renewable energy or a blend of both renewable and non-renewable.

Payment Method

The type of payment you select can have an impact on how much you pay. There are lots of different types of payment options available with most energy providers. But the main two are prepaid and monthly direct debit. Energy providers usually save their best deals for their direct debit customers, so this payment option is worthwhile considering if it's feasible.

How does Hoppy and energyhelpline make money?

We offer consumers a completely free and impartial service to compare electricity and gas prices from all UK suppliers. We have commission agreements with most suppliers, but this doesn’t impact the way results are displayed on our results table.

Below is a list of suppliers we have commission agreements with:

Affect Energy

Better Energy

Brilliant Energy

Bristol Energy

British Gas/Sainsbury's Energy

Bulb Energy

Co Operative Energy

Daligas

Economy Energy Trading Limited

EDF Energy

Engie

Enstroga

Entice

E-on

ESB

Extra Energy

First Utlity

Flow Energy

Future Energy

GB Energy

Go Effortless

Good Energy

Green Energy UK

Green Network Energy

Green Star Energy

GnERGY

iSupply Energy

Solarplicity

Npower

Octopus Energy

OneSelect

Our Power

Ovo Energy

PFP

Powershop

Pure Planet

Robin Hood Energy

Scottish Power

Spark

SSE

Togerther Energy

Tonik Energy

TOTO

Utilita

Zebra Power

     
What does ‘standard variable’ mean?

A standard variable tariff is an energy supplier’s core tariff. They don’t have an end date. Ofgem’s data shows that standard variable tariffs are often more expensive than fixed tariffs so it’s definitely worth getting a quote for a new deal if you’re on one of these tariffs.

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