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 January 2020 and 30 June 2020, people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved an average of £387.

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 Septemer 30, 2020, from suppliers including:

  • Better Energy
  • Bristol Energy
  • British Gas
  • Co-Operative Energy
  • EDF Energy
  • Engie
  • First Utility
  • Green Energy
  • Gulf
  • Scottish Power
  • Shell Energy
  • 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 August.

Better Energy deals ending in Septmeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Better Energy Online Fixed 1 - Sep 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Better Energy Online Reward 1 - Sep 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Better Energy Postal Fixed 1 - Sep 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Better Energy Postal Reward 1 - Sep 20 Septemeber 30, 2020

Bristol Energy deals ending in Septmeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Bristol Energy Bristol Energy Fixed-to September 2020 Issue 10 Septemeber 30, 2020

British Gas deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Green Sep 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Green Sep 2020v2 Septemeber 30, 2020
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Green Sep 2020v3 Septemeber 30, 2020
British Gas HomeEnergy Fix Green Sep 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020

Co-op Energy deals ending in Septmeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 v2 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy CCo-op Community Power Sept 20 v2 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 v3 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 v3 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Community Power Sept 20 v4 Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Exclusive Fixed Sept 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v2 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v2 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v3 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v3 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v4 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed September 20 v4 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Price Protect Sept 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Eastern Power Sept 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Eastern Power Sept 20 v2 - DD Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Eastern Power Sept 20 v2 - QC Septemeber 30, 2020
Co-op Energy Eastern Power Sept 20 v4 Septemeber 30, 2020

E Energy deals ending in Septmeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
E Energy Cap & Save (Winter 19) Septemeber 30, 2020

EDF Energy deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
EDF Energy Blue+Fixed Prepay September 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Fixed Prepay September 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Heating Protect Sep20 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Heating Protect Sep20v3 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Connect+Control2 Sep20 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Easy Online Collective Sep20 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Easy Online Renewal Sep20 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 Year Fix Sep20v4 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 year Fix Sep20 Septemeber 30, 2020
EDF Energy Simply Online 1 year Fix Sep20v2 Septemeber 30, 2020

Engie deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Engie ENGIE EV Home Sept 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE EV Home Sept 20 v2 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE Fixed Sept 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE Fixed Sept 20 v2 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE Fixed Sept 20 v3 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE Fixed Sept 20 v4 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie ENGIE Fixed Sept 20 v5 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie Green Fixed Sept 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
Engie Green Fixed Sept 20 v2 Septemeber 30, 2020

Extra Energy deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Extra Energy Bright Fixed Price September 2020 v1 Septemeber 30, 2020
Extra Energy Clear Fixed Price Sept 2020 v1 Septemeber 30, 2020
Extra Energy Direct Fixed 2 Year September 2020 v1 Septemeber 30, 2020

First Utility deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
First Utility First Fixed September 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
First Utility First Fixed September 2020 v2 Septemeber 30, 2020
First Utility Fixed September 2020 plus Smart Septemeber 30, 2020

Flow deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Flow Flow Fixed September 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020

GB Energy deals ending in Septemeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
GB Energy GB Fixed September 20 Septemeber 30, 2020
GB Energy GB Fixed September 20 v2 Septemeber 30, 2020
GB Energy GB Fixed September 20 v3 Septemeber 30, 2020
GB Energy GB Fixed September 20 v4 Septemeber 30, 2020
GB Energy GB Price Protect Sept 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020

GnERGY deals ending in Septemeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
GnERGY GnERGY Fixed September 2020 Septemeber 30, 2020
GnERGY GnERGY Fixed September 2020v2 Septemeber 30, 2020

Green Energy deals ending in Septemeber

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Green Energy EKOenergy Septemeber 30, 2020

Gulf deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Gulf Gulf Home Exclusive 12 September 20 v1 September 30, 2020
Gulf Gulf Home Exclusive 12 September 20 v2 September 30, 2020
Gulf Home Exclusive 12 September 20 v4 September 30, 2020

Npower deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Npower Fixed Energy September 2020 September 30, 2020
Npower Go Green Energy Fix September 2020 September 30, 2020
Npower Powering Yorkshire Fix September 2020 September 30, 2020
Npower Price Fix September 2020 September 30, 2020

PFP Energy deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
PFP Energy ClearFixed 12 v21 September 30, 2020
PFP Energy FixedFor 12 v30 September 30, 2020
PFP Energy SimpleFixed 12 v30 September 30, 2020
PFP Energy Stay Fixed v21 September 30, 2020
PFP Energy Together - Sept 2020 - fixed 93 September 30, 2020
PFP Energy Together - Sept 2021 - fixed 95 September 30, 2020

Sainsbury's Energy deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Sainsbury's Energy Fixed Default 2020 v1 September 30, 2020

Scottish Power deals ending in August

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Scottish Power Fix and Save September 2020 EH1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Fix and Save September 2020 FH1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Fix for Longer September 2020 Online September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Fix for Longer September 2020 v2 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Fixed September 2020 EL1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save September 2020 Online September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver September 2020 Online September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed September 2020 IM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed September 2020 OH1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed September 2020 OM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed September 2020 SH1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed September 2020 SM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Fix and Save September 2020 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Online Fixed Saver September 2020 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Saver Fixed September 2020 PM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Saver September 2020 EM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Saver September 2020 FM1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Smart Green Electric Vehicle September 2020 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Super Saver September 2020 B1 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Super Saver September 2020 B2 September 30, 2020
Scottish Power Super Saver September 2020 B3 September 30, 2020

Shell Energy deals ending in September

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Shell Energy First Fixed September 2020 September 30, 2020
Shell Energy First Fixed September 2020 v2 September 30, 2020
Shell Energy Fixed September 2020 September 30, 2020
Shell Energy Fixed September 2020 plus Smart September 30, 2020
Shell Energy Fixed September 2020 plus Smart September 30, 2020

Yorkshire Energy deals ending in August

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Yorkshire Energy Green Gazelle - Fixed Until 30th September 2020 September 30, 2020
Yorkshire Energy Green Goat - Fixed Until 30th September 2020 September 30, 2020

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 best 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.