What to do when your energy tariff ends

Fixed rate energy deals are a great way to beat rising gas and electricity rates – the unit rate you pay is fixed for the duration of your deal, meaning your bills won’t be affected by supplier price hikes or any increase in the energy price cap.

But what happens when this fixed rate deal is coming to an end? And is your energy deal coming to an end soon? Find out the answers to these questions and more, below.

*Between 1 July and 31 December 2020, people who have switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £216

What happens when a fixed rate energy deal ends?

When a fixed rate energy deal comes to an end, your supplier automatically rolls you onto its more expensive standard variable rate (SVR) tariff. Not only does this mean you’ll instantly pay more for the same energy, but because SVRs vary according to market rates, your bills will effectively increase twice if your supplier announces a price rise.

Energy companies rely on your inactivity, as they can make more from you if you let your fixed rate tariff lapse, so it’s important to make sure you switch to a new deal before your current one ends.

How soon before can you move energy before tariff ends?

You may not realise it, but you can switch from a fixed rate energy deal up to 49 days ahead of its scheduled end date. And if your deal comes with an early exit fee, you can still switch without penalty so long as it’s within this 49-day switching window.

Energy suppliers actually have a legal obligation to notify customers that their fixed rate deal is approaching its end, so you should hear from them between 42 and 49 days before your tariff ends.

If you only want to switch when your tariff ends, bear in mind that it can take up to 21 days for your switch to go through. This 21-day timeframe is a standard set out by Ofgem, the energy regulator, but most switches take place within 17 days.

This means that although you can instantly compare energy deals and switch supplier with us, the switch may not actually be finalised for up to three weeks from the date you switched with us. So it makes sense to sign up to a new deal as soon as possible, or at least 21 days before your current deal ends.

How to find out if your fixed rate energy deal is ending

There are a number of ways to find out if your energy deal is coming to an end, such as:

  • Check your latest energy bill – Find a copy of your latest energy bill or, if you have an online energy tariff, log in to your account and your tariff end date will be displayed alongside the tariff name and your account number.
  • Get in touch with your energy supplier – If you don’t have a bill to hand, or you don’t have access to your account online, a quick call to your energy supplier should be enough to find out your tariff information.
  • Keep an eye out for your switching window letter – As mentioned above, energy suppliers have a legal obligation to let you know when your fixed rate energy deal is coming to an end, so keep an eye out for a renewal letter, which could arrive up to seven weeks before your deal’s actual end date.

Alternatively, you can check the table below to find out if your deal is due to end this month. If your deal is listed below, it’s time to switch.

Is your energy tariff ending this month?

More than 30 fixed rate tariffs end on February 28, 2021, from suppliers including:

  • Better Energy
  • British Gas
  • EDF Energy
  • First Utility
  • Gulf
  • Npower
  • Shell Energy
  • ScottishPower
  • Yorkshire Energy

Thousands of customers will be affected by the subsequent price hikes, check the table below to find out if your fixed rate energy deal is coming to an end in February.

Better Energy deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Better Energy Online Reward 2 – Feb 21 February 28, 2021
Better Energy Postal Reward 2 – Feb 21 February 28, 2021

British Gas deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Feb 2021 February 28, 2021
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Feb 2021v2 February 28, 2021
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Feb 2021v3 February 28, 2021
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Feb 2021v4 February 28, 2021
British Gas HomeEnergy Secure Feb 2021 February 28, 2021

EDF Energy deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
EDF Energy Better Together Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Blue+Price Freeze Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Blue+Price Freeze Feb21 (Gas only) February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Blue+Price Protection Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Easy Online 18 Month Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Energy+Boiler Care Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Energy+Heating Control Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy More Together Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Fixed Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Feb21v3 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Feb21v4 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Feb21v5 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Simply Online 18 Month Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Energy+Boiler Care Feb21 February 28, 2021
EDF Energy Together Online 1 Year Fix Feb21 February 28, 2021

First Utility deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
First Utility Fixed February 2021 February 28, 2021
First Utility Fixed February 2021 plus Cam February 28, 2021

Gulf deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Gulf Gulf Home Renewable 12 February 21 v1 February 28, 2021
Gulf Gulf Home Renewable 12 February 21 v2 February 28, 2021

Npower Energy deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Npower Exclusive Fix February 2021 February 28, 2021
Npower Exclusive Green Fix February 2021
Npower Price Fix February 2021 (Paperless) February 28, 2021

ScottishPower deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
ScottishPower Fix for Longer February 2021 February 28, 2021
ScottishPower Fix for Longer February 2021 Online JFebruary 28, 2021
ScottishPower Fix for Longer Single Rate February 2021 February 28, 2021
ScottishPower Fix for Longer Single Rate February 2021 Online February 28, 2021
ScottishPower Super Saver January 21 B2 February 28, 2021

Shell Energy deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Shell Energy Fixed February 2021 February 28, 2021
Shell Energy Fixed February 2021 plus Cam February 28, 2021
Shell Energy Fixed February 2021 plus Smart February 28, 2021
Shell Energy Fixed February 2021 v2 February 28, 2021

Yorkshire Energy deals ending in February

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Yorkshire Energy Green Swaledale - Fixed until 28th February 2021 February 28, 2021

How to choose the best energy deal

If your energy deal is due to end, you'll need to switch to a better deal to avoid overpaying for energy - but with so many suppliers offering different types of tariff, it can be difficult to know which is best for you.

This short video outlines the different types of tariff to help you make a decision.

How to get the right energy deal

Switching energy supplier is a quick and simple way to knock hundreds of pounds off the cost of your annual energy bills – but with so many suppliers offering so many different tariffs, choosing the best one can be a bit tricky. The simplest way to see what deals are on offer is to run a price comparison with UKPower.


 

What if you can’t find a cheaper energy deal online?

It doesn’t happen often, but there is a chance that your energy comparison won’t actually find a deal that’s cheaper than your current one. This could be because you bagged yourself a particularly good deal last time out and prices have gone up considerably, or your own circumstances may have changed.

In any case, if you've got an expiring energy deal, it’s worth running another comparison and when asked for the details of your present tariff, enter your supplier’s standard rate deal instead of the one you’re currently on.

This is because you’ll then get an idea of how much you’ll be able to save against the SVR your supplier is about to place you on, instead of the fixed rate deal you’re switching from.

How to switch energy supplier

How to switch energy supplier with UKPower. Simply enter your postcode and we'll compare energy prices from a range of suppliers. You then choose the one you prefer and we'll take care of the rest.


 

In short, it’s worth switching anyway, as SVRs are invariably more expensive than the cheapest deals around.

It could also be worth giving our energy experts a call on 0800 320 2000, to see if they can help.

Ready to switch and save money on your energy bills? Enter your postcode in the box at the top of the page, or switch here.