Hundreds save thousands with energy switch

SUS-151004-123247001

SUS-151004-123247001

  • Second chance to take part in energy auction
  • 380 residents saved a total of £93,000 off their energy bills first time round
  • Households will save an average of £245 in a year
0
Have your say

Almost 400 residents who took advantage of an energy scheme through Crawley Borough Council have saved a total of £93,000 off their bills.

The Energy Switch scheme, which saw companies bid at auction to provide power to residents en masse, was so successful the council is offering a second chance to join in May.

The winning bidders were E.ON and Scottish Power, who will provide a range of contracts for the new customers over the next year.

Some 660 people registered their interest with the first scheme, though only 380 went ahead with the switch.

A council spokesman said they would save an average of £245 per household over the next 12 months.

The attraction of the scheme was the tariffs which were offered were exclusive to Energy Switch members and were not available direct from the suppliers or price comparison websites.

I’d really urge people to register for the next auction which is set to see people keep many more pounds in their pockets

Cllr Colin Lloyd

Promoting the second auction, Cllr Colin Lloyd, cabinet member for environment, said: “The average saving achieved through this auction was superb and we’re keen to keep giving local people the opportunity to take advantage of community switching.

“I’d really urge people to register for the next auction which is set to see people keep many more pounds in their pockets.”

The idea behind the auction process is the more people who sign up, the better the deal.

A council spokesman added: “Gas and electricity bills have more than doubled in the last seven years yet, with a growing number of energy companies and confusing tariffs, only a small number of people change supplier to reduce costs.

“There’s no obligation to accept the offer but if residents choose to then it’s a straightforward process and the new provider will take care of the whole switch.”

To register for the auction, which will be held on May 19, log on to www.crawley.gov.uk/energyswitching.