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Press Release

Date: 9 January 2018

Brentwood Borough Council is reminding residents to sign up to a mass energy switch scheme to save money on their fuel bills this winter.

The Essex County Council scheme run in partnership with iChoosr and supported by local councils is aimed at bringing large groups of residents together to switch energy providers in order to save money.

Nearly 1 million has collectively been saved by Brentwood and Essex residents from the past two switches. Rather than switching energy providers as an individual customer, the aim is to work together to save more money.

Energy companies will then bid to offer the lowest tariff to customers. Residents have until February 12, 2018 to register their interest in switching energy providers - without any obligation to change providers. Once registration closes, energy providers will bid against one another to offer the best prices. 

There's no cost to register and it is a completely free, easy, safe and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting time hunting for the best offer.

Anyone who pays an energy bill can register without any obligation. As well as homeowners, this includes tenants and customers on pre-payment meters. Small and medium sized businesses will also be assisted through energy purchasing advice.

Residents can register until Monday 12th February 2018 with no obligation to switch. A one-day auction will take place on Tuesday 13th February 2018 with energy companies coming forward to offer their best possible tariffs.

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: "We want to do what we can to help residents and businesses to keep their energy costs low  and to save money – that is why this is the third year we are supporting this scheme.

You are not obligated to change providers by registering for the Energy Switch, so it is worth signing up to see whether you can save money without having to hunt around for offers.”

To find out more or to sign up, visit: https://bigcommunityswitch.ichoosr.com/Product/index.rails?&utm_medium=web&location=brentwood

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Notes to editors:

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

How do I register?

Register for free and with no obligation.

Please note that one email address can register up to five households which means you are able to register on behalf of friends or relatives who do not have internet access.

Is there a cost?

There's no cost to register and there is no cost to switch.

Who is it for?

Anyone who pays an energy bill can take part. As well as homeowners this includes tenants and customers on pre-payment meters. You can register for electricity and gas or just for one or the other. The choice is yours.
 
Small and medium-sized businesses can also register through the bespoke business bureau service and we encourage them to do so.

What can I do now? 

If you follow the link above you will be directed to our partners’ registration page.

Not on a gas main?

If you're not connected to the mains gas supply it is still possible to save money on heating oil by joining the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) communityoil buying scheme.

The scheme brings communities together by using joint buying power savings can be passed on directly to people like you whose fuel costs may be high simply because you use oil fired central heating. It also saves you the time and hassle of telephoning numerous suppliers to obtain quotes for the best price every time you need fuel.

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk