The first Energy Switch scheme has now ended, please check back soon for further dates or register early below.
Rather than switching providers as an individual customer, let's work together and save money. If you haven't switched for a few years you are likely to see the biggest savings, but even those who switch regularly can benefit. Those who took part in the last Essex Energy Switch saved an average of £328.29.
What is the Essex Energy Switch?
Once again Essex County Council, working in partnership with Tendring District Council and other councils in Essex, have organised a collective energy switching scheme, with support from iChoosr, for people and businesses who want to cut their energy bills. It is a completely free, easy, safe and secure way to cut your energy bill without wasting valuable time endlessly comparing prices on comparison sites. You will be joining forces with thousands of others and taking part in a giant collective "action".
Who is it for?
Anyone who pays an energy bill can take part. So, as well as homeowners, this includes tenants and customers on pre-payment meters. Small and medium sized businesses will also be assisted through bespoke energy purchasing advice provided by iChoosr.
Tendring District Council wants to do what it can to help residents and businesses keep their energy costs as low as possible, especially against the current background of rising wholesale gas and electricity prices. The Essex Energy Switch forms a key part of doing this. It is appreciated that paying less for energy will not necessarily result in a warmer or healthier home, but the attached page Energy Saving Advice from Essex County Council offers advice on how you can insulate your home and consume less energy. Any step that encourages people to review their energy suppliers is also to be welcomed.
To register, with no commitment to change supplier at this stage, please follow this link to iChoosr's switching page.
Small and medium sized businesses can register by following this link.
What happens next?
You can register your interest in future auctions prior to the launch dates and you will be sent a reminder when the registration period is "open".
The auctions work by getting energy companies to bid against each other to offer the lowest rate for gas and electricity contracts. After you have registered and the auction date has passed you will receive an email containing a new gas and electricity offer, valid for one month. This offer has been calculated using your existing energy usage and costs. Please be aware that if you have recently changed supplier the savings may not be as big in comparison to those who haven't proactively managed their energy supplier. Only when you receive the offer do you need to decide whether or not to accept.
What happened last time?
Tendring had around 360 residents resident an interest in the scheme that ran in February, of which 187 residents choose to switch to the tariff ordered. Tendring's switching rate of those having registered was 54 per cent against the national average of 11 per cent. The average savings by those that switched was £328.29. It is estimated that over 49 per cent of those registering will not have considered changing tariff or supplier in over three years.
Not on a gas main?
If you're not connected to the mains gas supply, it is still possible to save money on heating oil by joining the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) community oil buying scheme. Further information about the scheme is available by clicking here. The scheme brings communities together by using joint buying power, savings can be passed directly to people like you whose fuel costs may be high simply because you use oil fired central heating. It also saves you the time and hassle of telephoning numerous suppliers to obtain quotes for the best price every time you need fuel.