Residents and businesses across Tendring could save around £200 a year on their energy bills if they take part in a countywide switching scheme.

Instead of changing providers as an individual there is the opportunity to be part of a group and reap greater rewards. Essex County Council (ECC) is working in partnership with Tendring District Council (TDC) and other Essex local authorities with support from iChoosr.

Residents will have from December 3 through to February 2 to register their interest in switching their energy supplier through the scheme – without any obligation to do so.

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

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet member for Housing, Revenues and Benefits, said the Council wants to do what 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 3, 2015 when energy companies will bid against each other to offer the lowest rate for gas and electricity contracts. Then, on February 13, those who’ve signed up will receive an e-mail containing a new gas and electricity offer, valid for one month. The offer will be calculated using individual’s existing energy usage and costs. Once the offer is received, householders can decide whether or not to accept.

The first Essex Energy Switch took place earlier this year and attracted more than 4,500 registrants. “Almost 30 per cent of those who registered then decided to switch their energy supplier,” added Cllr Honeywood. “Those people secured an average saving of more than £200 each.”

Residents and businesses will be able to register after December 3 at www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch to show their initial interest.

 

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