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  Essex Energy Switch

27 November 2014

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 more than £200.
 

The Essex Energy Switch

Once again Essex County Council has organised a collective energy switching scheme with support from iChoosr, for people and businesses who want to cut their energy bills.
 
Residents have from 3 December 2014 until 2 February 2015 to register their interest (without any obligation) in switching their energy supplier through the scheme.
 
It's a free, easy and secure way to cut your energy bill without wasting time comparing prices on comparison sites.
 
You'll be joining forces with thousands of others and taking part in a giant collective 'auction'.
 

Who is it for?

Anyone who pays an energy bill can take part. 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 our partner iChoosr.
 

Why?

Essex County 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. Paying less for energy will not necessarily result in a warmer or healthier home but the attached pages offer some advice on how to insulate your home and use less energy.
 
Any step that encourages people to review their energy suppliers is also to be welcomed.
 
Essex County Council is also keen to encourage residents to join in this community driven scheme, where residents take action together.
 

How to register

Registration for homeowners and businesses opens on 3 December. Make sure you check back here to sign up.
 

What happens next?

An auction will take place on 3 February 2015. The auction works by getting energy companies to bid against each other to offer the lowest rate for gas and electricity contracts. On 13 February 2015 you will receive an email containing a new gas and electricity offer, valid for one month.
 
This offer will be 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 as those who haven’t proactively managed their energy supplier. Only when you receive the offer will you need to decide whether or not to accept.
 

Results from the first Essex Energy Switch

The first Essex Energy Switch took place in early 2014 and attracted more than 4,500 registrants.
 
Almost 30% of those who registered then decided to switch their energy supplier, securing an average saving of more than £200.
 

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 community oil buying scheme.
 
 

Further information