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Other types of switching

If you don't want to wait for the next auction you may wish to use web-based comparison sites to see whether you can get a cheaper deal now than the tariff you are already on. In many cases switching from paper billing to paperless (i.e. on-line) can result in lower tariffs. Not everyone who uses these sites is able to save money and the decision to switch or not always remains a private matter.

Other types of switching

a. Switching to a smart meter

Smart meters help your energy company take your readings automatically (in real time) and can give you useful information about your own energy use. The government has set a start date for energy suppliers to start providing new smart meters for residential customers of 2015. A range of energy suppliers are already starting to offer smart meters for their customers. There may be a charge for changing to a smart meter. Contact your energy supplier to find out more.

b. Switching from pre-payment meters

If you are on a pre-payment meter and want to change to another form of payment method (for example to a monthly direct debit tariff) this process is separate to the collective fuel switch process. Often the easiest way to do this is to contact your existing energy supplier and ask them to make the change for you. Many suppliers will not charge for this type of 'switch'. They have their own targets and code of conduct relating to this type of switching. The decision to switch or not always remains a private matter and the council has no money to help pay any costs of this type of switching. They may when you ask to switch be able to offer you a 'smart meter'.