Final countdown for money-saving Energy Switch registrations
- Credit: Supplied by Essex County Council
A County Councillor said the more people that register to the Essex Energy Switch, the bigger the potential saving per household.
Councillor Simon Walsh, cabinet member for environment, is encouraging residents to register and support renewable energy whilst saving hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.
He said: “Registering for the Energy Switch is quick, easy and helps you avoid searching for the best deals as all the hard work is done for you.
“Since the scheme launched in 2014, more than 17,500 people across the county have saved an average of £230 per household on their energy bills - more than £4.1 million across the county overall.
“This year it is an even better offer as suppliers will provide 100 percent renewable electricity.”
A spokesperson for the council said that by joining a collective switch, made up of thousands of like-minded people, we increase our purchasing power and can negotiate a better deal from energy suppliers which are not available directly or through price comparison websites.
They added there is no obligation to switch supplier or tariff once registered and encouraged residents to spread the word to friends and family. “It’s up to you if you choose to accept the offer and switch.”
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Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer from Monday, February 22, which details how much they could save by switching to the winning green provider, or cheaper tariff.
Once the registration window closes, energy companies will bid at an auction to see who can offer the lowest energy tariff.
When the winning bidder is selected, anyone who has registered will be contacted by them directly with more details. If they choose to switch, the council's “trusted” partner will take care of the entire switching process.
Anyone that registered or switched their energy supplier through the Essex Energy Switch last year, will need to register again this year.
Register by February 9 at www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch or by calling 0800 048 8439 with a recent energy bill to hand. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm.