Rather than switching energy 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 and many residents saved even more.
Essex Energy Switch
Once again Essex County Council has organised a collective energy switching initiative for people and businesses who want to cut their energy bills.
Residents have 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'.
How do I register?
Please note that one email address can register up to five households which means you are able to register on behalf of friends or relatives who do not have internet access.
Is there a cost?
No. There is no cost to register and there is no cost to switch.
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.
You can register for both electricity and gas or just for one or the other. The decision is entirely yours.
Small and medium-sized businesses can also register and we encourage them to do so.
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. Of course, the more people who sign up for the scheme, the lower the bid is likely to be.
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.
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 registrations.
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?
The scheme brings communities together by using joint buying power savings can be passed on 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.