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Harlow now open for the Big Switch

Politics / Tue 14th Jan 2014 pm31 05:48pm

REGISTRATION is now open for the Essex Energy Switch – a new community scheme which aims to get Essex residents a better deal on their gas and electricity bills.

The scheme is being run by Essex County Council in partnership with District, Borough and City councils, and delivered by iChoosr, an independent provider which specialises in collective energy switching.

Collective energy switching works by bringing together large groups of residents who want to switch providers and pay less for their energy. Based on previous schemes, residents could save up to £133 by switching providers collectively.

Residents can register for the Essex Energy Switch by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch between Tuesday 14 January and Monday 17 February. Residents should have a recent energy bill to hand when they register. Businesses on a domestic tariff can also register for the scheme.

County Councillor Roger Walters, Cabinet Member for Waste & Recycling said: “Spiralling energy bills are putting pressure on the purse strings of hardworking people across the county, but by signing up to our scheme we can help you get a better deal. Too many people have to worry about whether they can afford to heat their home at this time of year, but the more people who sign up to the Essex Energy Switch, the more we can save together.”

On Tuesday 18 February a nationwide one-day ‘energy auction’ will take place, facilitated by iChoosr. This is where the major energy companies will come forward to offer the lowest energy tariff to everyone who has signed up. The more people that sign up the better the tariff is likely to be. The company offering the lowest price wins!

Once the auction has closed everyone who registered will receive a personal offer of the new tariff from iChoosr, based on their existing energy usage. Residents can then decide whether or not to accept their offer. There is absolutely no obligation to switch. Those who do decide to accept their offer will be contacted by the supplier to arrange the switch.

Residents have until Monday 17th February to sign up for the Essex Energy Switch by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch. The website also features further advice on saving energy in the home.

Residents who do not have internet access at home can register using IT facilities at libraries across Essex – they just need to take an energy bill along with them.

Colchester Borough Council already has a Big Community Switch scheme in place for residents, and Essex County Council is grateful for their support with the development of the Essex Energy Switch.

For more details visit www.colchester.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch

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