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Harlow residents sign up for Big Switch

Politics / Thu 30th Jan 2014 at 10:43am

OVER 1300 Essex residents, including many from Harlow, have already signed up for the Essex Energy Switch, a new scheme which aims to help cut the cost of gas and electricity bills.

The scheme works by bringing together residents who want to switch providers and pay less for their energy. It 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.

Residents can register for the Essex Energy Switch by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch by Monday 17th February. The scheme is also open to local businesses on a domestic energy tariff.

County Councillor Roger Walters, Cabinet Member for Waste & Recycling said: “It is great to see that so many residents have already registered for the Essex Energy Switch, but we don’t want it to stop there. The more people that sign up by 17 February, the more money we can save together, so don’t miss out!

“Spiralling energy bills are putting pressure on the purse strings of hardworking people across the county, but by signing up for the Essex Energy Switch we can help you get a better deal.”

Once registration closes a nationwide one-day ‘energy auction’ will take place on Tuesday 18 February, 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 and businesses 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.

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