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Essex Energy Switch offers county residents chance to fix costs and sign up to renewable energy.

Essex Energy Switch offers county residents chance to fix costs and sign up to renewable energy.

“The Essex Energy Switch is about local communities coming together, supporting renewable energy and taking the hassle out of saving money on their gas and electricity bills –the more people that register, the bigger the potential saving per household.”

That’s the message from Cllr Peter Schwier, Essex County Council’s Climate Czar and Deputy Cabinet Member to the Leader, who is encouraging residents to register and potentially save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

Cllr Schwier added: “Registering for the Energy Switch is quick, easy and helps you avoid searching for the best deals as all the hard work is done for you.

“Since the scheme launched in 2014, more than 21,065 people across the county have saved on their energy bills.

“And as all Energy Switch suppliers must provide 100 per cent renewable electricity, this has already saved an estimated 4,334 tons of CO2 being released by households who took part in the Energy Switch.

“This is fantastic news and I’m pleased we can once again support efforts to help Essex residents save money.” 

Registration for the Essex Energy Switch is free and only takes five minutes. Energy companies will bid at an auction to see who can offer the lowest energy tariff.

The last year has been very unusual for the energy markets with persistently rising wholesale prices meaning they are now at a 10-year high. This has resulted in some standard variable tariffs being cheaper than some fixed tariffs. The tariff cap, which limits standard variable tariffs, is increasing by £139 as of 1st October 2021.

This means that whether you switch or not you are likely to see your energy bills going up. A fixed tariff will offer peace of mind that your rates won’t go up anymore for a year.

Once the winning bidder has been selected, anyone who has registered will receive a personal offer, there’s no obligation to switch – but if you do, we take care of everything.

Anyone that registered or switched their energy supplier through the Essex Energy Switch before, will need to register again this year. 

Once registered, there is no obligation to switch providers. Registering can be done online at www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch or by calling Big Community Switch registration line on 0800 048 8439 to register and receive correspondence by post. Lines are open Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 5:30pm, please have a recent energy bill to hand.