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9,000 Essex households sign up to save £262 on energy bills

Politics / Mon 16th Feb 2015 at 01:01pm

IN total, nearly 9,000 Essex households have signed up to the Essex Energy Switch over the past 12 months following two separate events, with registrants saving on average £262* in the latest auction.

Following the second successful phase of the Essex Energy Switch, letters and emails with market leading** energy rates were sent to 4,500 Essex residents, more than all other community switch programmes in the country.

These competitive energy rates join the first phase of Essex Energy Switching that took place in early 2014, and saw 30% of the 4,300 residents registered accept the new rate being offered.

To date, this second auction has generated the most competitive rate offered yet, and partaking residents now have until mid-March to accept or decline the rate being offered as a result of the collective auction.

The Essex Energy Switch fed into the overarching national auction – The Big Community Switch – for the competitive supply of energy to a collection of over 16,500 UK households, of which 27% were Essex based.

In Essex the initiative has been hugely successful after attracting just shy of 9,000 households, and with an average saving of £200 per household as a result of the first auction, residents look set to secure a similar saving outcome after the latest competitive auction in early February.

County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth; Infrastructure; Waste & Recycling, said: “We have had a great response to the Essex Energy Switch since it was introduced in Essex just over 12 months ago, and it is even more positive to know that Essex as a county has gained the highest collective sign-up across the country.

“Collective auctions for competitive energy rates are hosted regularly online, and we urge any residents who missed the Essex Energy Switch to look out for these to help bring their energy bills down.”

All tariffs being offered to residents through the Essex Energy Switch are bespoke – currently only available for registrants in this auction round – and according to IChoosr UK (UK expert in collective energy switching) initial indications are that, based on average usage, these are currently market leading**.

For further information, or to access supporting documents registrants can visit: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Pages/Energy-Switch.aspx

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