Many energy suppliers offer free gifts when you switch to their service. Below we list some of the best supplier freebies but be wary - a free gift may be a nice perk, but it doesn’t mean you’re getting a great energy deal.
How to find suppliers offering free gifts?
Using lists like the one below is one way to track down freebies, however the incentives offered by different suppliers are always changing.
Another place to check is the supplier’s terms and conditions. If they’re running an offer it’s likely to feature in the T&Cs alongside details of how to redeem it. You’ll want to use find (ctrl + F, or command + F on a Mac) for terms like “voucher”, “offer”, “redeem” as otherwise it can take some time to read through.
When looking for deals it’s always worth checking your current supplier first in case they are offering perks to their existing customers.
Gifts for existing customers:
- British Gas: If your energy is supplied by British Gas you can receive discounts and enter prize draws by signing up to their rewards program: British Gas Rewards.
- Shell: Save 3% on up to 60 litres of fuel per month at Shell service stations by signing up to the Shell Go+ rewards programme.
- Sainsbury’s energy: Frequently offer free gift vouchers to use in Sainsbury’s supermarkets to their energy customers.
- OVO Energy: Earn 3-5% interest rewards when your Ovo Energy account is in credit.
Incentives for new customers:
As of early 2023, we're not aware of any new customer incentives, and most recent period when these were available was back in 2021. Typical offers included a £15 Amazon voucher or an Amazon Echo Dot for signing up to a tariff that requires a smart meter. So the incentives were worth having, but much less valuable that being on an attractively priced energy tariff.
Energy suppliers with referral schemes
Another way to get the most out of your energy supplier is to refer your friends to them. Again, we only recommend doing this if you’re on a genuinely good deal, otherwise your friend may be able to save more by going elsewhere.
If you are on a good deal referral offers are often unlimited so you can refer multiple friends and get a reward for each switch.
To refer a friend, you normally need to share a unique link or code for them to use when they sign up. If they offer a referral scheme your supplier will probably have sent you details of how to refer in an email, otherwise check their website.
Referral schemes that give you energy credit:
Some of the best referral deals were with Bulb, Scottish Power and Octopus. Each of these firms offered £50 to you and £50 to your friend that switches, but these offers are also currently closed.
Referral schemes with gift cards or cashback:
Ovo and Eon have both offered gift cards in the past, but these offers are also not available any more.
Don’t forget Switchcraft also offer a referral scheme if a friend uses our site to switch.
Should I switch supplier for the freebies?
No! The best energy deals on the market can save you hundreds of pounds compared to a bad one. Signing up for a bad deal because it comes with a voucher or referral bonus is not a good idea, and often supplier’s offering the best gifts have the worst deals. Always run a comparison and choose the best deal for you.
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