Applications open for Harlow residents to save on energy bills

Communities / Wed 2nd Dec 2015 at 04:13pm

Energy BillsA ground-breaking energy-saving initiative which has already saved Essex residents almost £1 million is reopening for new applications.

Essex residents and small businesses are being encouraged to register for the switch from today (1 December 2015) to potentially save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

Once the registration process closes, an auction will take place where energy providers bid against one another. The winning bidder will be the company offering the lowest price to all applicants.

During last year’s Essex Energy Switch, residents saved approximately £263 per household resulting in a total savings across the county of a staggering £948,792.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, today (Tuesday) helped launch this year’s Essex Energy Switch by speaking to curious shoppers at High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford.

He said: “This scheme is an unmissable opportunity, even for those who believe they are already getting the best prices available to them.

“The scheme is completely free and registration takes just five minutes.

“There is no obligation to switch providers following the auction so it really is a win-win for all involved.

“From the nationwide sign-up last year, over 27 percent of participants were from Essex which was more than any other county.

“I am hoping that this figure can be improved upon this year and that even more Essex residents give themselves the opportunity to save on energy bills and spend their hard-earned money elsewhere.”

One of the first to sign up at the stand was Chelmsford resident Robert Manning, 77, who estimates he has already saved almost £1,000 a year on his household energy bills after joining in last year’s energy switch.

The retired planning engineer has put his name down once again to see if he can get his gas and electricity bills even lower.

He said: “I have already recommended it to my friends as who doesn’t want to save money?

“It’s all very simple so don’t be put off by people who say switching is hard – in my case it was exceptionally easy.

“As a pensioner the savings have made my life a lot easier and allow me to continue enjoying my hobbies and interests.”

Anyone who pays for energy is eligible to take part. Signing up takes just a few minutes online.

Please visit www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch for more information and to find out how to take part.

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