This represents a return to the usual switching levels following the traditional increase over November and December.
More than a quarter (26%) of all switches were from the Big Six to small suppliers.
This is an increase of around 5 percentage points in comparison to the previous month.Small suppliers gained a net 56,000 new customers.
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK, said: “Energy suppliers are competing over price and service and new tariffs are coming down every week.
“Customers can save significant amounts of money by switching so it’s great to see that more than 200,000 people changed electricity supplier in January. There are now more providers in the market than ever before offering a wide range of deals.
“So, if a customer has been on the same deal for a long time they should log on to a switching site or call their supplier and see how much money than can save by switching.”