Residents and businesses in Tendring could save more than £250 a year on their energy bills if they take part in an Essex wide switching scheme.

Instead of changing providers as an individual there is the opportunity to be part of a group and reap greater rewards.

Once again this year Essex County Council (ECC) working in partnership with Tendring District Council (TDC) has set up a collective energy switching scheme with support from iChoosr.

Residents will have until February 1, 2016 to register their interest in switching their gas or electricity supplier through the scheme – without any obligation to do so.

It is a completely free, easy, safe and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting valuable time endlessly comparing prices on comparison sites.

Those signing up will be joining forces with thousands of others and taking part in a giant collective “auction”.

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.

TDC Leader Neil Stock said the Council is keen to do whatever it can to help residents and businesses keep their energy costs as low as possible.

“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 there will also be the offer of advice on how to insulate your home and consume less energy,” he said.

“Anything to encourage people to review their energy suppliers is to be welcomed.”

The auction takes place on February 2, 2016 and works by getting energy companies to bid against each other to offer the lowest rate for gas and electricity contracts.

Then on February 12, 2016 you will receive an e-mail containing a new gas and electricity offer – valid for one month. The offer has been calculated using your existing energy usage and costs.

Only when you receive the offer do you need to decide whether or not to accept.

The first Essex Energy Switch took place in early 2015 and attracted more than 6,280 people.

“Almost 40 per cent of those who registered then decided to switch their energy supplier,” added Cllr Stock. “Those people secured an average saving of more than £262 each.”

To register, with no commitment to change supplier at this stage, go to TDC’s website at or visit

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