I switch quite often and it used to take several weeks, but this time it's down to a little more than two weeks.
Which is unfortunate because while the new company is cheaper than the proposed tariff with the existing company, the existing tariff is cheaper than both those options and I'd prefer to let it run it's course to the end of the contract period at the month end.
It's only two weeks, but that's nearly 4% of the contract period and the savings for those that switch regularly are quite small and this is diminished further by going onto a more expensive tariff early.
My total power consumption, for a single bedroom flat, is between £1100 and £1200 each year. That includes all heating, lighting, cooking, water and entertainment also maintenance of all the related services and equipment.
Someone tell me if I am way out, but I cannot see any point in an annual hassle for less that 5%
What about the smart meter issue if you are unfortunate enough to have these useless things.
There is no issue at all. In fact if you look at the gas meter, for example, it looks exactly the same as before but with a bolt on that forwards your readings to the supplier.
The actual meters still work if you change suppliers and, if necessary, can be read manually exactly the same as you did before.
I have one and it is far from useless and works very efficiently ensuring up to date meter readings for my bills, which are always spot on. (If you don't believe the smart readings you can read the meters yourself and check with the readings that have been uploaded to the supplier).