Residents save nearly £300 on their energy bills

Published Wednesday, 02 September 2015

RESIDENTS who took part in the first energy switching scheme organised by the Borough Council this spring saved an average of £291 on their energy bills.

And the good news for those who are keen to get a better deal on their energy is that the second round of the scheme is now underway.

Residents in Hinckley & Bosworth can sign up for free, with no obligation, to tell the council they are interested in switching suppliers to save money. 

Businesses currently on a domestic tariff are also eligible to sign up. The more people who sign up, the better deal everyone will get. Anyone can sign up until 12 October 2015.

On 13 October, iChoosr (the company which has been selected to facilitate the switching process) will run an auction asking energy suppliers to bid for the collective business of everyone who signs up.

After 13 October, iChoosr will contact everyone who has signed up individually with an offer of an energy tariff based on their usage. This will outline how much they will save by switching to the winning energy provider. Residents then choose whether or not to sign up to the new supplier. 

There is no obligation to change if residents choose not to, but they have a few weeks to accept the offer. They will then be contacted by the new supplier to arrange switching.

The scheme will take care of the switching process and there will be no interruption of the gas and electricity supply at any time.

Even those on a pre-payment meter can sign up to the scheme, provided they are not in more than £500 of debt to their current supplier. 

Councillor Chris Boothby, the Borough Council’s Executive Member responsible for Housing, said: “We know that rising energy prices are an increasing concern for residents. We also know that many people would get a better deal on their energy by switching providers, so the more people who join the collective scheme, the better deal that everybody gets.”

Those interested in registering an interest should visit www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk/switchandsave. The following details will be needed to complete their registration:

  • Name, address and contact details.
  • The name of their current energy supplier(s) and current tariff plan(s).
  • Their current consumption in kWh or spend – this information will be on their energy bill.

Up to five households can be registered on the same email address, which means people can help out a neighbour or friend who does not have access to the internet or email.

Alternatively, those who do not have access to the internet, can call 01455 255988 to register their interest.

For more information visit www.hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk or call 01455 255988.

Last updated: 02/09/2015 09:40