Be an Energy Shopper: Save £100s

Energy Shopper

What’s in this guide?


Did you know that the average household could be saving up to £200 a year on their energy bills?

According to recent government polls, they found that:

  • Only 6% of 2000 people realised they could save £200 or more by switching
  • 21% estimated they would only save £50 or less
  • Almost two in three people had no idea how much they could save

These huge savings come from being an ‘energy shopper’ – someone who takes a look at what energy tariffs are best and frequently switches to make the most out of the offers available.

This guide will tell you what an energy shopper is, how it can benefit you and how you can become an energy shopper yourself.

Let’s dive in!

What is an energy shopper?

Energy shopping is part of the Big Energy Switch campaign to encourage people to seek a better deal for their energy.

This is best achieved by using energy comparison websites.


Because if you shop around for your energy deal, you’re more likely to find an even better deal for your energy – sometimes up to £200.

Plus, using the EnergySeek guides, you can find a supplier that matches your needs; with a stellar customer reputation, value for money and bill clarity.

11 million households could save a massive £2.2 billion in total, so let’s have a look at the benefits for you.

How does it benefit me?

✔ Save £200 or more
✔ Find a supplier that suits your needs
✔ It only takes a few minutes
✔ Switching is completely painless
✔ Ofgem has placed regulations to ensure customers no stress
✔ Prepare for the winter and lower your energy bills

Why go energy shopping with EnergySeek?

With the form at the top of the page, you can shop for suppliers using your details such as your location, when you want to switch and a few other details.

Then, you’ll receive some of the best energy deals that are available to you right now.

Let’s take a look.

Why compare?

So why compare electricity and gas prices instead of switching to the first supplier you see?

Many different suppliers will broadcast the best features of their tariffs, who wouldn’t? But unfortunately, this usually isn’t the whole story.

This allows you to better shop for suppliers as sometimes, the cost isn’t everything.

How do I compare?

Have you decided that comparing might be a good idea?

You need to take into consideration what it is that you want the most in your supplier. This could be value for money, customer satisfaction or even based on the extra services that they offer, such as the British Gas boiler care.

Next, you need to have some information to hand. This will make it a lot easier to compare electricity and gas tariffs – you will need this information:

  • Your location
  • Annual consumption or spend
  • The size of your home
  • Email
  • Phone number

How much have prices risen in 2018?

How much have prices changed in 2018? Are they going to rise again?

Take a look below to see what rising prices you can expect later in 2018, which is why you should become an energy shopper.


SVT Tariff Name

Previous SVT price

New SVT price


Comes into effect from:

Ebico Ebico Zero £1,101 £1,161 £60 5.50% 16th January
Octopus Energy Flexible Octopus £908 £931 £23 2.50% 15th February
iSupply iVariable £1,014 £1,090 £76 7.50% 1st March
Pure Planet 100% Green £860 £872 £12 1.40% 31st March, 1st May
ENGIE Safe And Easy £980 £1,038 £58 5.90% 4th April
Our Power Our Best £848 £939 £91 10.70% 4th April
Ecotricity Green Electricity + Green Gas £1,201 £1,258 £58 4.80% 14th April
Igloo Energy IGLOO PIONEER £845 £871 £26 3.10% 16th April
E.ON E.ON Energy Plan £1,123 £1,153 £30 2.70% 19th April
Bulb Vari-Fair £855 £878 £24 2.80% 28th April
British Gas British Gas Standard Variable Tariff £1,101 £1,161 £60 5.50% 29th May
Scottish Power Standard £1,147 £1,211 £64 5.60% 1st June
EDF Energy Standard (Variable) £1,142 £1,158 £16 1.40% 7th June
Ovo Simpler Energy £1,097 £1,150 £53 4.80% 8th June
npower Standard SC £1,166 £1,230 £64 5.50% 17th June
First utility First Variable £1,131 £1,191 £60 5.30% 23rd July
Utility Warehouse Value £1,125 £1,175 £50 4.40% 1st July
SSE Standard £1,1089 £1,196 £87 7.90% 11th July
Bulb Vari-Fair £878 £923 £45 5.10% 12th August
E.ON E.ON Energy Plan £1,153 £1,208 £55 4.80% 16th August
Bristol Energy Standard Variable £997 £1,079 £82 8.20% 9th September
Average £1,037 £1,089 £52 5%

If you are customers of any of these suppliers, you may want to check out some of the other options available so you can save some money on your bills.

Top Gas & Electricity Suppliers

Take a look at some of EnergySeek’s top picks for electricity and gas suppliers, which are some of the highest rated companies on trusted websites such as Trustpilot.

Let’s see which energy suppliers you can switch to by becoming an energy shopper.

Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy is an award-winning energy supplier that has been taking over customers from other companies such as M&S energy as well as Iresa when it went out of business earlier this year.

Not only does it offer one of the cheapest tariffs on the market today, but they have also got a proven record of being one of the best for customer service.

Octopus Energy was ranked at number three in the Which? Survey in 2018, and it’s the only energy supplier to earn the title of a Which? Recommended Provider for 2018.

Liz Griffith on Trustpilot: Simple operations will always win! No overcomplicated mumbo-jumbo like the rest!


Bulb Energy

Bulb is an energy supplier that is quickly growing in popularity in 2018 with over 5,000 reviews on Trustpilot, boasting a high 5-star rating with 92% of their total reviews positive.

The only potential negative with Bulb is that they only offer one tariff, and it’s a variable rate tariff.

What does this mean? It means that the cost of your energy is dependent on the open market, which is affected by things such as politics and the time of the year.

You could make some great savings if prices go down, but of course, you would run the risk of the energy prices increasing and leaving you with a big bill.

Zac on Trustpilot: Great company, very cheap and true to their word. I would recommend them, I have saved a lot of money since being with them.

So Energy

So Energy

At number 9 in the Which? Energy Survey 2018, although So Energy doesn’t rank as highly as it’s independent competitors, it is still above the ‘big six’ and has a great 5-star rating on Trustpilot.

They claim to give their customers great value for money, honesty and simplicity, with 100% renewable energy and low price commitment.

Melekio Sibanda on Trustpilot: Most important thing for me is the good communication between you and us. Timely responses to queries. Thank you for that, and I have already recommended one person to you!


Affect energy logo

With experience of over 50 years with a more significant supplier, although Affect is a relatively new supplier, they aren’t entirely new to the industry.

86% of their 1,500+ reviews on Trustpilot fall within the 5-star category, though they don’t seem to have made it to the Which? Energy Survey 2018 – this could be because there weren’t enough people in the survey that were customers.

Mr Ratzke on Trustpilot: A very pleasant bunch of people to deal with, on the phone or via the website and competitive in their offering. We have two separate supplies from them which we manage via one account. Could not be easier.

Company Bulb So Energy Affect Octopus Energy
Overall Trustpilot Score ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★
Discounts No No £15.75 per fuel per year No
The average cost for dual fuel three bedrooms home £82 £78 £90.00 £77.76
Positive Reviews on Trustpilot 92% Positive 86% Positive 86% Positive 91% Positive


Did you know that you could be saving up to £500 on your energy bills every year?

Take a look at the EnergySeek guides to find out more about your energy, or see reviews of the top 7 energy switching sites to compare gas & electricity.