What is uSwitch?

uSwitch is an online and telephone comparison and switching service that helps you to compare prices on a range of products and services.  It can help you save money on gas and electricity, heating cover, home phone, communications, insurance and personal finance products. The aim is to help you take advantage of the best prices and services on offer from suppliers.

All the benefits of uSwitch.com's helpful, comprehensive and convenient service are available for business customers too with uSwitchforBusiness.com, which helps companies compare prices and switch on a range of business services including gas, electricity and insurance.

How does uSwitch make money?

uSwitch has commercial agreements in place with some suppliers across all of their services. They charge suppliers a fee when they switch customers to them, which means they can provide consumers with a free service. Their commercial relationships help to make the switching process as simple as possible for customers and in some cases allows them to negotiate exclusive deals that are not available directly from the supplier.

uSwitch tries to include as many suppliers and products on the market in their comparisons as possible. However there are circumstances where a supplier or a product cannot be included in the search - for example, they may not be able to show a supplier's products because they do not have an agreement with them or because they do not wish to be included in the comparison.

Energy and heating cover

The data used to calculate your results for these services is provided directly by suppliers. uSwitch monitor all suppliers continually and update their site regularly to ensure the results are comprehensive and accurate.  uSwitch is also accredited by Ofgem under its Confidence Code, which requires comparison sites to provide their services in an easy, reliable and reassuring way.

Credit cards, loans, and current accounts

The data used to calculate your results for personal finance services is provided directly by suppliers or their agents. uSwitch immediately updates any product and rate changes to ensure the results are accurate. They strive to cover the whole market but only compare products from suppliers they have a relationship with.

Mortgages, home phone, broadband, digital TV, mobile broadband, mobile phones

For these products, data is received from third party providers, which continually monitor the market and update uSwitch daily with any changes or new deals to ensure the results are comprehensive and accurate.

Car insurance, home insurance, health insurance, life insurance

Data is sourced for car insurance directly from the wide range of insurance providers that uSwitch work with. All other insurance product data is provided by third parties, who monitor the market continually to ensure that you receive up-to-date quotes.

Why do people use uSwitch?

People use uSwitch because they help you find the best product or tariff for your needs. They don't mind who you switch to, they just care that you switch to the right deal for you. Switching suppliers saves customers hundreds of pounds on their bills and is easy to do. For example, between 1 March 2016 and 31 May 2016, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with uSwitch saved £491 or more.

For more information on how to use uSwitch, contact our expert team at Ellis Winters & Co today!