Energy Switch secures deal for £250,000 in gas and electricity bill savings

Energy Switch secures deal for £250,000 in gas and electricity bill savings

Energy Switch secures deal for £250,000 in gas and electricity bill savings

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The first Essex Energy Switch has secured total savings on gas and electricity bills of over £250,000 for Essex residents.

Some 1,202  residents accepted offers to switch energy providers with the collective savings scheme, with average savings per household of £209.

The Essex Energy Switch works by bringing together residents who want to switch providers and pay less for their gas and electricity bills.

The scheme is 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.

Essex residents were able to sign up for the Energy Switch during January and February.

A one-day ‘auction’ then took place, with energy companies coming forward to offer their best possible tariffs.

The 4489 residents who signed up for the scheme each received a personalised offer detailing how much they could save, with no obligation to switch. 1,259 (28%) residents decided to accept their offers, and were guided through a simple switching process.

County Councillor Roger Walters, Cabinet Member for Waste & Recycling said: “I am pleased that that this scheme has been a success and has benefited so many Essex residents. We will be running the scheme again later this year and hope that even more residents take the opportunity to register and save money by changing their energy suppliers.”

The County Council is hoping to launch a second phase of the Essex Energy Switch in summer 2014.

The winning suppliers in the February auction were as follows -
• Ovo Energy for all online billing contracts
• British Gas for dual fuel paper billing contracts
• Green Star Energy for Electricity Only paper billing contracts
• Scottish Power for prepayment contracts

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2:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

That ridiculous non-standard plug again!

Previous article 17th February 20143 refers!

Time to get the stick out Mr Editor Sir - some whacking required amongst your motley crew I think.
That ridiculous non-standard plug again! Previous article 17th February 20143 refers! Time to get the stick out Mr Editor Sir - some whacking required amongst your motley crew I think. OMPITA [Intl]
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2:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

17th February 2014 !
17th February 2014 ! OMPITA [Intl]
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4:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

essex_al says...

I wish ECC would put as much effort into cutting Council Tax bills by £209.

You can change your utility supplier; unfortunately, you can't change your council!
I wish ECC would put as much effort into cutting Council Tax bills by £209. You can change your utility supplier; unfortunately, you can't change your council! essex_al
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5:27pm Mon 14 Apr 14

stony76 says...

I was quoted £870 a year through this scheme. I looked at the offer independently and was quoted £820. Nice little profit for Essex county council. I can't believe that 1200 people have been so gullible.
I was quoted £870 a year through this scheme. I looked at the offer independently and was quoted £820. Nice little profit for Essex county council. I can't believe that 1200 people have been so gullible. stony76
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5:27pm Mon 14 Apr 14

stony76 says...

1200 people, times £50= £60, 000 profit for ECC. change your energy supplier direct and get a better deal, stop paying ECC, there deal is the same deal available to everyone else, except you pay ECC £50 a year for the priviledge. MAJOR CON. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
1200 people, times £50= £60, 000 profit for ECC. change your energy supplier direct and get a better deal, stop paying ECC, there deal is the same deal available to everyone else, except you pay ECC £50 a year for the priviledge. MAJOR CON. WAKE UP PEOPLE. stony76
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5:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

stony76 says...

I thought that the idea of the Essex county council collective energy switch, was to get a better deal for people???? (A deal thats not available to everyone) Why are people able to get a better deal independently???? Seems like Ecc are just trying to profit from peoples ignorance. Perhaps ECC could use the £60,000 profit to switch the street lights back on.
I thought that the idea of the Essex county council collective energy switch, was to get a better deal for people???? (A deal thats not available to everyone) Why are people able to get a better deal independently???? Seems like Ecc are just trying to profit from peoples ignorance. Perhaps ECC could use the £60,000 profit to switch the street lights back on. stony76
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5:35pm Mon 14 Apr 14

stony76 says...

WHY DO YOU THINK ONLY 28% OF PEOPLE ACCEPTED THE OFFER???? 72% OF PEOPLE USED THERE BRAINS TO SEE IF THERE WAS A BETTER DEAL AVAILABLE.
WHEN I REALISED THAT I COULD GET A BETTER DEAL INDEPENDENTLY, I FELT CHEATED AND CONNED
WHY DO YOU THINK ONLY 28% OF PEOPLE ACCEPTED THE OFFER???? 72% OF PEOPLE USED THERE BRAINS TO SEE IF THERE WAS A BETTER DEAL AVAILABLE. WHEN I REALISED THAT I COULD GET A BETTER DEAL INDEPENDENTLY, I FELT CHEATED AND CONNED stony76
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6:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

stony76 says...

Why does Witham Times try to glamourise the greed of ECC ??? Portraying the council as having secured a great deal, this deal is reguarly available to everyone and is even better if you cut the council out of it.(£50 a year better) Perhaps Witham times should try and report the full story, instead of printing a biased piece of nonsense, that isnt even true. Maybe if you were more honest with your newspaper stories, more people would buy your paper. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THE GREAT DEAL IS THAT ECC SECURED
Why does Witham Times try to glamourise the greed of ECC ??? Portraying the council as having secured a great deal, this deal is reguarly available to everyone and is even better if you cut the council out of it.(£50 a year better) Perhaps Witham times should try and report the full story, instead of printing a biased piece of nonsense, that isnt even true. Maybe if you were more honest with your newspaper stories, more people would buy your paper. PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THE GREAT DEAL IS THAT ECC SECURED stony76
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