Braintree's Essex Energy Switch
What is Braintree's Essex Energy Switching Scheme?
The Scheme aims to help residents get a better deal on their gas and/or electricity bills and is delivered by the Council and iChoosr, an independent specialist provider in collective energy switching.
If you've never switched energy supplier or if it has been a number of years, the savings are likely to be significant. Even if you do switch regularly, it is still worth registering to ensure you are maintaining the best tariffs available.
How can I register?
Registration opens on Tuesday 4th April until Monday 22nd May 2017, with the auction taking place on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. Offers will start to go out from Monday 5th June 2017 and the last day to accept is Tuesday 4th July 2017
The winner of the auction was SSE for dual fuel and Green Star Energy for electric only contracts. You can still register until 27 June for paper registrations and until 11 July for on-line registrations.
How does the FREE scheme work?
Residents register their interest, with NO obligation to switch by signing up. A one day auction is held and energy companies compete against each other to offer their best possible tariffs. The auctions are held throughout the year in February, May and October.
Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer which details how much they could save by switching to the winning provider or cheaper tariff. The winning provider may be your current provider, so you will not actually "switch" but be offered a cheaper tariff. Offers are sent out for residents giving approx 4 weeks to decide whether to change supplier/tariff or not. The tariffs are usually for a 12 month time period.
When are the next auction dates?
Registration opens Tuesday 1st August 2017 until Monday 9th October 2017, auction Tuesday 10th October 2017
What savings can be made?
On average residents are saving £200 per household, so if you are wondering whether it is worth registering, the savings are quite considerable. If you haven't switched for a number of years the savings are likely to be higher.
What happens if you or someone you know doesn't have the internet?
Residents who do not have internet access can ask a relative, neighbour or friend to assist and registrations can be made using their e-mail address. One e-mail address can be used up to five times to register for the scheme. However if residents do not have access to the internet or need assistance with registering, please contact the Team on 01376 552525 who are able to make paper registrations on behalf of residents if necessary.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact the iChoosr helpline on 0800 048 8285 lines are open Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm or go to iChoosr FAQ.