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Essex Energy Switch

4 March 2016

Nearly £1million has collectively been saved by Essex residents from the past two switches. 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 over December and January Essex County Council  organised a collective energy switching initiative for people and businesses who wanted to cut their energy bills.
Residents had until 1 February 2016 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.
If you missed this auction don’t worry as additional auctions will be held on the following dates:

May 2016 auction :
 Launch – From 22th March
• Auction – 17th May 2016
• Offers out – 27th May
• Closure – 27th June
October 2016 Auction:
• Launch -  From 2nd August
• Auction - 11th October
• Offers -  21st October
• Closure - 29th November

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?

There's 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 electricity and gas or just for one or the other. The choice is yours.
Small and medium-sized businesses can also register through the bespoke business bureau service and we encourage them to do so.

What happens next? 

The February auction is now closed to registrants, but you will be able to register for the May or October auction in line with the timetable above.  You can register your interest in future auctions prior to the launch dates, and you will be sent a reminder that the registration period is ‘open’.
Auctions 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. 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

Last year’s Essex Energy Switch took place in early 2015 and attracted more than 6,280 registrations.
Almost 40% of those who registered then decided to switch their energy supplier, securing an average saving of more than £262.
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.
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.


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