Energy Guides

  • Risky Can Switching Energy Supplier be Risky? by Stephen Kakouris - Can Switching be Risky? When you use our energy comparison site, you may see that you can save A LOT of money! Switching to a smaller energy supplier could save you hundreds each year. Hold on... Some of these providers you haven't heard of. Is it too risky to trust them? Now we get that the first thing that may go through your head might be: “This could be risky... I can see there is a massive savings to be made but I do not want to switch and get burnt”. We understand your concern and want to reassure you. Read more
  • Energy Shopping Energy Shopping by Guy Thompson -     Energy Shopping is like buying a good pair of shoes All the regulations, laws and clauses in the world will not change your relationship with the energy market and your energy bill if you don’t initiate some changes yourself. Energy really isn’t that different from shoes, clothes, smart phones, insurance, groceries, electronics, second hand cars or anything else you buy; apart perhaps from the fact that as a product it is substantially more boring (well maybe insurance wins that battle on reflection!). Yet most of us end up all bemused and sheepish when it comes to tackling the Read more
  • Eat. Pray. Switch. Eat. Pray. Switch. Your 3 Energy Bill Options by Stephen Kakouris - Eat. Pray. Switch. As you walk out of the house in the morning, you notice a distinct difference in the air. It feels cool on your skin. You are greeted with the comforting smell of foliage as you inhale. As you exhale you can see your breath for the first time in a long time. Thoughts of lovely sweaters, hot cider and cosy fireplaces bring even more comfort as you embrace the seasonal change. Then a sudden reality dawns on you, giving you that uncomfortable anxious feeling in your stomach as you think about your expensive energy bill in the winter Read more
  • What are Smart Meters? by David - Smart Meters are new generation of gas and electricity meters that automatically send digital meter reads to your energy supplier. The purpose is to help create more accurate energy bills for your home whilst allowing you to better understand and manage your energy use. This means no more manual meter reads and more importantly no more estimated energy bills. Between 2016 and 2020, energy companies will replace every energy meter in the UK, which amounts to around 53 million energy meters at a cost north of £11 billion. The government has committed to installing a smart meter in every home Read more
  • Why should I switch my energy supplier? by David - Why be nervous about switching energy supplier? Quite simply you should really switch energy suppliers every year; it is the fastest way to save money on your energy bills without making drastic lifestyle changes that affect how and when your energy is used. You may feel that accepting a renewal offer from your current supplier means you have done your part in saving money on your energy bills. This may well be true and kudos to your current supplier can if they offer you a new competitive tariff to take. But quite simply at every available opportunity switching to another Read more
  • Bank Holiday It’s Bank Holiday Weekend! Here are our tips to help you be more Travel Efficient by David - Bank Holidays are Happy Days! If you are going away this Bank Holiday, be more efficient with your home energy whilst you are way. Our tips will help you relax that little bit more. Unplug any unused electrical equipment: when you’re in a rush, you may forget to turn everything off before you set off for your bank holiday. Have a sweep of the house before locking up; after all you wouldn’t want to leave a pair of curling irons on! For security: you might want to leave some lamps on timers in suitable rooms as well as getting a Read more
  • switching a habbit Why the UK needs to make Energy Switching a Habit by David - Making Energy Switching a Habit Imagine a world without mobile phones or the handy little contracts that go with them when they were launched. Without them we wouldn’t have our I Phone's or HTC’s as there wouldn’t be a benchmark for customers to compare against affordability and phone performance, as well as all the other marketable USP’s we so love to cherish from out handsets. Switch that across to a different industry and the Energy Market and Fixed Pricing is just the same. Historically the UK’s Energy Market has been reliant onan un-competitive market termed the ‘Big 6’ where customers Read more
  • Credit Does switching affect my Credit Rating? by David - When you switch energy suppliers, you may well be requested to accept a credit check if you fail that then the energy supplier will not disregard your request to switch over to them, but will insist upon specific criteria being met in order to be your new supplier. An Energy Suppliers may insist you provide a guarantor or put down a deposit before they'll agree to supply you with gas or electricity. This might apply to you if you are a new customer and cannot provide proof of your identity, or if you have a poor payment record.   You may Read more
  • Energy Bills When the Heat goes up so do your Energy Bills by David - At first glance this seems to dampen the warm air hovering over Britain right now. Go away; we are sunbathing right now! It’s not just been you that has been basking in the sunshine of the hottest couple of days this Island has seen in the last decade, but the energy suppliers have been soaking it up too. Many of the cheapest energy tariffs from suppliers have ceased their fixed price commitment to their customers, and in doing so have automatically rolled over some customers onto energy rates that are 20% worse off than they were in during the fixed Read more
  • Todays 7 best Energy Money Savings Tips by David - If you looking to saving money by changing your habits today you can incorporate the following things into your everyday lifestyle which can reduce your energy bills massively over the foreseeable future.   Switch off or unplug any charges or appliances you do not need switched on rather than having them on Stand By The average UK household spends roughly £1246 per year on energy bills according to the UK government with roughly 7.5% of that cost being used up by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day. Some devices only use a couple of watts but those with Read more
  • IGT Gas Supply Transport What does the letters IGT mean on my Utility Bill? by David - Gas is transported and supplied to UK households through miles and miles of underground pipelines. The majority of these pipelines are owned and operated by the National Grid , a company formed as part of the Electricity Act (1989)  which privatised the electricity industry. An estimated 1 million UK homes aren’t connected to National Grid pipes and are operated by what is known within the industry as an IGT (Independent Gas Transporters). They are responsible for developing, operating and maintaining local gas transportation networks in areas that fall out of the National Grids remit. How does an IGT affect me? Read more
  • landlord energy saving allowance Landlord Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) by Anna Evans -
  • Finding your energy supplier when moving home by David - When you moved into your current home what were the first things you did? Unpacked some boxes, ordered a takeaway, had a celebratory drink or collapsed in a heap after the stresses and strains of moving? Did you think about finding out who your new utility suppliers are?  Finding a new place to live (be it a house, flat or a room in a shared property), can be a daunting prospect. There are estate agents to deal with and potentially landlords too if you are renting. The list of things you need to and should do before, during and after moving Read more
  • Can I save simply by switching energy plans with the same supplier? by Anna Evans - Are you unsure where to start when it comes to energy tariffs? In order to help you decide if switching to a fixed price plan is the right thing for you, take a look at our list of pros and cons of fixed energy tariffs. Pros Savings and Piece of Mind - Potentially saving money in the long term compared to standard energy tariffs, and you can budget more effectively for your household bills. Big Choice of Energy Plans - fixed rate energy plans are popular and you have many options for cheap, long-term fix, and some plans are without Read more
  • Faster Switching Between Energy Suppliers: Questions and Answers by Anna Evans - a We welcome the announcement by DECC  today that households will be able to switch energy supplier in just 17 days. Read the press release here. As part of the briefing DECC have supplied more information, which is below in question and answer format. Q:        Why was it important to cut switching times? A:        We know that energy bills are a big source of worry for many households, which is why we’ve taken action to make the market work for consumers. This means increasing competition in the market and putting customers in control of their energy bills. An important part of Read more
  • Warm Home Discount Explained by Anna Evans - The Warm Home Discount scheme is an initiative taken by the UK Government, to provide you with an opportunity to save £140 on your energy bills. The Warm Homes Discount scheme, for the time being, may only be made use of during the winters of 2014 and 2015. The aim behind the formation of this scheme lies in the prospect of facilitating the decrease of UK’s energy consumers energy bills and it in no way affects a consumer’s winter fuel allowance and cold weather payment. However, Warm Home Discount Scheme works through eligibility criteria and only qualified individuals may apply Read more
  • Bad behaviour amongst energy suppliers. Who would credit it . . . by Anna Evans -
  • Will smart meters really cut household bills? by Anna Evans -
  • Energy saving myths by Anna Evans -  
  • Don’t be a sucker – check your settings and be energy aware by Anna Evans - Vampire Energy: The Sequel With Halloween just days away, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) just released the second wave of their #vampireenergy campaign - CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. Are there energy vampires lurking in your home? Don’t let #vampireenergy win – be #energyaware Don't let #vampireenergy win - be #energyaware
  • Don’t Be A Sucker – Switch It Off & Be Energy Aware by Anna Evans - In the run up to Halloween, DECC have launched a fun mini-campaign to make people aware of the energy vampires in their home – chargers plugged into the wall, TVs on standby and incorrect settings on products that suck energy. Don’t be a sucker, Save energy. Save money. Switch it off and be #energyaware! Check out the Department of Energy and Climate Change's vampire infographic about how to save money on your energy bill. Leaving appliances on standby cost the average home up to £86 per year. Don't let #vampireenergy win - be #energyaware
  • Savvy Students Can Now Take Control Of Their Energy Bills by Anna Evans - Be An Energy Shopper set to break down barriers preventing GB’s 2.3m students from ‘energy shopping’ Three-quarters (77%) of bill paying Brits living in rented accommodation say they’ve never switched energy supplier and one in five (20%) is not aware of their right to switch University is the first time many students start renting, and they could save up to £200 if they shopped around for their gas and electricity Be An Energy Shopper campaign gives the nation’s students the know-how they need Latest data from Ofgem’s 2014 Consumer Engagement survey shows that a shocking three quarters of bill paying Read more
  • Brits Could Save £500m A Year If They Take Control Of Their Heating While Households Could Save £75 A Year by Bharat Mistry -   Four fifths of Brits believe they understand their heating controls Yet HALF misuse energy when they turn up their thermostat Nearly 40 per cent of Brits think it’s more efficient to leave the heating on all the time And only a quarter of bill payers have changed energy supplier in the last year Campaign launches heating myth-buster and urges customers to switch supplier  Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Citizens Advice – reveals 74 per cent of Brits are still worried about their energy bills. Read more
  • OFGEM and the Wholesale Energy Market by Guy Thompson -
  • Solar PV by Anna Evans -
  • Insulation in UK Homes by Guy Thompson -
  • Competition Market Authority and OFGEM by Guy Thompson -
  • Energy Switching for Tenants by Guy Thompson -
  • Small Energy Suppliers by Guy Thompson -
  • Fuel Poverty by Guy Thompson -
  • Nuclear Power by Guy Thompson -
  • How Green is Green Energy? by Guy Thompson -
  • Switching Sites by Guy Thompson -
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change by Anna Evans - The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a government office tasked with the dual responsibilities of ensuring the continuity and affordability of the UK’s gas and electricity supplies, as well as promoting international action to mitigate climate change. In fact they have 7 key responsibilities: To maintain security of supply for gas, power, heat and fuel to the UK population. To achieve the climate change targets of a reduction of emissions by 80% by 2050 To source at least 15% of our energy from renewable resources by 2020. To ensure that our energy and fuel remains affordable to Read more
  • Energy Price Freeze by Guy Thompson -
  • Energy Switching by Anna Evans -
  • Energy Switching: Can it be done in just one day? by Guy Thompson -
  • Saving Energy with Kids by Anna Evans - It’s a well-known fact that children are expensive little things. They eat an enormous amount of food, considering the relatively small size of their bodies, and they run around the house causing untold amounts of damage. They’re also amongst the biggest energy consumers, with more gadgets and electronic toys than ever before. A Child of 1993 Back in 1993, a six year old child would have a few battery-powered toys. Perhaps a radio controlled car, or the ‘Lights Out’ game. Teenagers might have been lucky enough to have a games console such as the Mega Drive or the SNES. Lucky Read more
  • Rising Energy Bills by Guy Thompson - Rising Energy Bills: The tipping switching point Here’s a question to ponder in these troubled times: how hot does the energy bill need to be before the boiling consumer does something about it? Are we all frogs resigned to boil to death unknowingly; only to end up on some Frenchman’s plate as an hors d'oeuvres to the main course of fuel poverty with a side dish of blackout?* The latest round of price rises from NPower, British Gas and SSE are hardly surprising when considered in the context of the long term trend so far (see Figure 1). Indeed you Read more
  • This winter, Reduce your Energy Consumption by Anna Evans - As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, your thoughts are probably on reducing your energy bills. Talk has turned to cold evenings, and your friends and family are discussing who was first to put their heating on. How do you cut your costs over the cold winter months? Here are a 5 tips for reducing your energy consumption: 1. Install a Smart Energy Meter These clever gadgets monitor how much electricity you’re using at home. They don’t directly lower your energy consumption, but they do make you aware of your usage and how much your appliances cost to Read more
  • Switching to LED Lighting by Anna Evans - We’re all looking for ways to reduce energy bills. If the family across the road installed solar panels, would you do the same? If they got new windows fitted, and new insulation, would you find someone to fix up your house? What if they told you that they’d switched their existing light bulbs for LED ones? What are the benefits? Since 2008, energy-saving light bulbs have been a hot topic. They’ve become compulsory, and have replaced those giant, rounded bulbs that you used to see in homes. Many people are less than impressed. There are arguments that energy saving light Read more
  • Tips for saving energy at work by Anna Evans - Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and one of the most pain-free methods is to save energy at work. According to the Carbon Trust* many businesses could save at least 20% of their energy bills by using equipment more efficiently and changing employees behaviour towards energy use. They also assert that a 20% cut in energy use would equate to the same benefit as a 5% increase in sales in many businesses . Here are some of the best tips for saving energy and being more sustainable in the workplace: Electrical Appliances It is amazing how many Read more
  • Monitoring your Energy Usage by Anna Evans - For a majority of people, monitoring energy is an almost alien concept. Gas and electricity meters are hidden away, and people don’t usually make an effort to read them unless a bill is unexpectedly high, or they’re moving in or out of a property. Though they’re now far less common than they used to be, key and card meters offer a pay as you go system that allows people to see exactly how much they’re spending. Physically topping up your energy allows you to budget carefully, and to limit your usage if you’re topping up too often. If you receive Read more
  • Prepayment Energy Tariff by Anna Evans -
  • Energy saving with solar charger devices by Anna Evans - Energy saving is a hot topic. Bills are going up, and disposable income is reducing. You can switch your energy supplier to find a better deal, but that method is best when it’s combined with a conscious look at your own spending and how much energy you use. Some people watch every penny. They turn off lights when they leave the room, turn the heating on for just an hour a day and have installed everything from loft insulation to a smart energy meter. Other people have their heating on constantly, think nothing of doing three loads of washing a day Read more
  • Compare Green Energy Tariffs by Anna Evans -
  • Wholesale Energy Market by Guy Thompson - There is a pretty good chance that within seconds of the commencement of any interview or official statement or pronouncement that the wholesale energy market will be referred to and either blamed or pointed to as illustrative of the rip-off nature of energy supply tariffs. The underlying relationship between the wholesale energy market and the energy tariffs is almost never explained and expanded upon. For the record the wholesale price is not comprised of one single benchmark price with the unfortunate consequences that you can make various different cases with it to support whatever theory or justification you may require Read more
  • What is a MPAN number? by Anna Evans -
  • What is a MPRN ? by Anna Evans -
  • Collective Switching by Guy Thompson -
  • Electricity Meter Explained by Anna Evans - An electricity meter measures energy use in kilowatt hours (kWh). It tells you how much electricity you use. It is important to understand how to take accurate measurements of your electricity consumption so you don’t end up spending more than you need to. When you know exactly how much energy you use, you can find out if you can get a better energy deal by switching. If you are on credit meter, your energy supplier estimates how much electricity you consume and use this figure to calculate your bill. How to read the different types of electricity meters? There are Read more
  • Solid Walls Insulation by Anna Evans - Solid walls let through twice as much heat as cavity walls do! That is why solid walls insulation can help you reduce significantly your energy bills. Solid walls can insulated from the inside or from the outside of your house. Your house is likely to have solid walls if it was built before 1920. More recent houses generally have cavity walls. Unlike solid walls, cavity walls are made of two layers with a gap between them. If insulating solid walls is more expensive than insulating cavity walls, the energy savings are greater with solid walls. How much can I save Read more
  • Floor Insulation by Anna Evans - Floor insulation can help you save on your energy bills and reduce your CO2 emissions. The ground floor accounts for around 10% of heat loss of the average home. Floor insulation, different options for different floors: Except if they are above an unheated space (i.e. a garage) your upstairs rooms would not need to be insulated. 1. Floorboard insulation for suspended floors Floor insulation under the floorboards of your ground floor can save you about £60 each year. If you can’t access the floorboards from underneath from a cellar or a basement, these will need to be lifted. Once this Read more
  • Roof and Loft Insulation by John - Roof and loft insulation is an effective way to save energy, reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint. Did you know? In an un-insulated home, around 25% of heat lost goes through the roof.  If everyone in the UK had loft insulation, £500 million and 2.7 million of CO2 would be saved each year! It is the equivalent of building another Shard or taking 100,000 cars of the road! Roof and loft insulation is easy to install, you can even do it yourself! The installation will pay itself over and over again as roof and loft insulation will last Read more
  • Cavity Wall Insulation by Anna Evans - Fitting cavity wall insulation is a cost effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. What is cavity wall insulation? Most homes built since 1920s were built with two layers of wall with a gap or a cavity between them. Cavity wall insulation fills this cavity. It keeps the warmth inside and also prevents condensation inside your house. Cavity walls are filled with an insulating material. The most commonly-used materials include: mineral wool polystyrene beads. How much can I save with cavity wall insulation? Installation cost: £400-£500 Payback time: Less than 4 years Annual saving: Up to £150 Read more
  • Online Energy Tariff by Anna Evans -
  • Energy Supply and Moving Home by John - Moving home is usually a stressful time. It is also the opportunity to review your energy supply and see if you are on the right tariff. No, it is not complicated and MyUtilityGenius is here to help you understand your options and also how you can save money on your energy. What you need to do before moving home: Notify your current energy supplier that you are moving tell them the date of your move and where you are moving so they can send you your final energy bill.  Your current energy supplier may not arrange a meter reading for Read more
  • Energy Fuel Mix explained by Bertie - Surely, you are interested to know where your food comes from and its impact on the environment. What about the energy you use? What is the Energy Fuel mix? The electricity we use in our homes is generated from different energy sources. These energy sources include coal, natural gas, renewable energy (wind, water and the sun) and nuclear energy. The Energy Fuel mix shows the ratio of different fuels or energy sources the energy suppliers use to generate your electricity. Since the Under The Electricity (Fuel Mix Disclosure) Regulations 2005, every UK energy supplier must publish the mix of fuels Read more
  • What is Economy 7 energy tariff? by Anna Evans - An Economy 7 tariff is an electricity tariff with a different price according to the time of the day. The electricity you use during the night costs less than energy used during the day (per unit). It works like peak and off-peak train fares. It is called “Economy 7” because you get cheaper electricity for 7 hours every night. Economy 7 starts usually either 11.00pm to 6.00am, 12.00am to 7.00am or 1.00am to 8.00am (it may vary depending on where you live and your energy supplier). Economy 7 tariffs use a specific type of electricity meter. Unlike a standard electricity Read more
  • Fuel Poverty by Anna Evans - Fuel Poverty is a Policy Problem; Freezing to death is a human one... According to a study reported in The Independent a year ago 65 people a day die for want of adequate heating over winter. That is a shocking state of affairs for the 5th richest nation in the world. It is an unfortunate fact of real politick that the Westminster bubble reaction to this is to blame the Big Six energy companies.; They should rather try and create an environment where better informed consumers and their families, efficient allocation of resources through markets and government financed social support all work Read more
  • Social Energy Tariffs by Anna Evans - Social energy tariffs have been developed by energy suppliers for their most vulnerable customers. Social energy tariffs are cheaper gas and electricity tariffs, designed to help people in fuel poverty. Are considered fuel poor households who spend more than 10% of their income on their energy bills. Regulator OFGEM states that suppliers’ social energy tariffs must at least match their cheapest deals. The eligibility criteria for social energy tariffs sometimes differ from an energy supplier to another. Social energy tariffs tend to be available to the elderly, people in fuel poverty, people on benefits or on a very low income. Read more
  • Dual Fuel Tariff by Anna Evans -
  • Fixed Price Energy by Anna Evans -
  • Smart Meters Explained by Anna Evans - Smart meters are the new generation of energy meter. Smart meters replace or will eventually replace your existing meters. Smart meters send automatically electronic meter readings to your energy supplier and cut out the need to send readings to your energy supplier. What do smart meters do? Smart meters transmit meter readings regularly to your energy supplier. They remove the need for your meter to be read. One advantage of having a smart meter is that you should get accurate bills based on your actual usage. Smart meters allow data to be read remotely and display this data on a Read more
  • Understand the Energy Market by Anna Evans -
  • History of Electricity by Anna Evans -
  • History of Gas by Anna Evans -
  • Cheap Gas Supplier by Anna Evans - Find Cheap Gas Supplier using Genius Save more than £150 on your gas bill! All we need to know is: Your current gas supplier and the tariff you are on Your postcode (gas tariffs vary from your live) Your gas consumption It takes 5 minutes to switch gas supplier You can find this information on your gas bill. Click here to learn more about your gas bill. Once we have this information, the Genius can look for cheap gas supplier for you. The best gas tariff for you might not be the cheapest gas tariff on the market. When you decide to switch Read more
  • Cheap Electricity Supplier by Anna Evans - Find Cheap Electricity Supplier using Genius Save more than £150 on your Electricity Bill! All we need to know is: Your current Electricity Supplier and your current tariff Where you live in the UK (tariffs vary depending on your postcode) Your electricity consumption (per month or per year) Then, it takes 5 minutes to switch electricity supplier. You can find this information on your electricity bill. Click here to learn more about your electricity bill. Once we have he has this information, the Genius will find a cheap electricity supplier for you. The Best electricity tariff may or may not be the Read more
  • Cheap Energy Supplier by Anna Evans - Find a Cheap Energy Supplier using Genius Save more than £250 on your energy bill! We just need to know: Your current energy supplier and the tariff you are on Where you live as energy tariffs vary from your postcode How mush Energy you use Then it takes 5 minutes to switch energy supplier. You can find this information on your energy bill. Click here to learn more about your energy bill. Be aware that the "Best energy tariff" may not be the "Cheapest energy deal". When choosing or switching energy supplier, it is worth understanding a lot of tariffs are variable Read more
  • Energy Supply explained by Anna Evans -