What happens 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.

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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 50 fixed rate tariffs end on January 31, 2020, from suppliers including:

  • Better Energy
  • British Gas
  • Co-operative Energy
  • EDF Energy
  • First Utility
  • Flow
  • GB Energy
  • Gulf
  • Npower
  • PFP Energy
  • Scottish Power
  • Shell Energy
  • Spark
  • 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 January.

Better Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Better Energy Online Fixed 2 – Jan 20 January 31, 2020
Better Energy Online Reward 1 – Jan 20 January 31, 2020
Better Energy Postal Fixed 2 – Jan 20 January 31, 2020
Better Energy Postal Reward 1 – Jan 20 January 31, 2020

British Gas deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
British Gas Energy Plus Protection Jan 2020 January 31, 2020
British Gas HomeEnergy Fix Jan 2020 January 31, 2020
British Gas Price Freeze January 2020 January 31, 2020

Co-op Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Co-op Energy Co-op Fix and Fly Jan 2020 January 31, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed Green Energy Jan 20 - DD January 31, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed Green Energy Jan 20 - QC January 31, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed January 20 January 31, 2020
Co-op Energy Co-op Fixed January 20 v2 January 31, 2020

EDF Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
EDF Energy Blue+Heating Protect Jan20 January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Heating Protect Jan20 (gas only) January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Price Protection Jan20 January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Blue+Price Protection Jan20 (gas only) January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Easy Online Exclusive Jan20 January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Easy Online Jan20 January 31, 2020
EDF Energy Simply Fixed Jan20 January 31, 2020

First Utility deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
First Utility First Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020
First Utility First Fixed January 2020 v2 plus January 31, 2020
First Utility First Fixed January 2020 v3 January 31, 2020
First Utility First Fixed January 2020 v4 January 31, 2020

Flow Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Flow Energy Flow Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020

GB Energy Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
GB Energy GB Fix and Fly Jan 2020 January 31, 2020
GB Energy GB Fixed January 20 January 31, 2020
GB Energy GB Fixed January 20 v2 January 31, 2020

Gulf deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Gulf Gulf Home Fixed 12 January 20 v1 January 31, 2020
Gulf Gulf Home Fixed 12 January 20 v2 January 31, 2020

Npower deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Npower Exclusive Fix January 2020 January 31, 2020
Npower Go Smart Fix January 2020 January 31, 2020

PFP Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
PFP Energy ClearFixed 12 v14 January 31, 2020
PFP Energy FixedFor 12 v22 January 31, 2020
PFP Energy SimpleFixed 12 v22 January 31, 2020
PFP Energy Together - January 2020 - fixed 85 January 31, 2020

Shell Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Shell Energy First Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020
Shell Energy First Fixed January 2020 v2 plus January 31, 2020
Shell Energy First Fixed January 2020 v3 January 31, 2020
Shell Energy First Fixed January 2020 v4 January 31, 2020

Scottish Power deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Scottish Power Basic Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2020 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save January 2020 v2 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy January 2020 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fixed Price Energy January 2020 v2 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2020 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver January 2020 v2 Online January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed January 2020 T2 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed January 2020 T3 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Exclusive Fixed January 2020 T4 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Fix and Save January 2020 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Online Fixed Saver January 2020 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Saver Fixed January 2020 January 31, 2020
Scottish Power Saver January 2020 FM1 January 31, 2020

Spark Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Spark Energy Comfort Saver January 2020 January 31, 2020
Spark Energy Simple Saver January 2020 January 31, 2020

Yorkshire Energy deals ending in January

Supplier Fixed rate tariff name End date
Yorkshire Energy Green Partridge (in a Pear Tree) - Fixed Until 31st January 2020 January 31, 2020
Yorkshire Energy Green Pheasant – Fixed Until 31st January 2020 January 31, 2020
Yorkshire Energy Green Reindeer – Fixed Until 31st January 2020 January 31, 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.

 

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 your energy deal is coming to an end, 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.

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.

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