December 5 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Use people power to slash your energy bills with a bright idea from Havering Council.
Gidea Park resident Bryan Hartley, 71, signed up to the Collective Energy Switching Scheme last year and saved about £107 on his gas and around £45 on electricity.
Bryan, a former bursar for St John Cass Foundation School, in the City, said: “Before I retired I worked for the Corporation of London, which teamed-up with Kent County Council to buy their electric. It was because of this that I was encouraged to go with the Havering Council scheme last year.”
Households can register the scheme by phone or join online.
Bryan added: “I registered on the website and then iChoosr got in touch after the auction to tell me what the cheapest deal was. I then gave notice to British Gas and they said, ‘are you sure you’re doing the right thing?’ I told him what the deal I was able to get from Scottish Power was and he said, ‘oh, we can’t beat that’ so I went on my way!
“I would recommend this scheme to anyone, as the more people who sign up, the cheaper your bill will be.”
Under the Collective Energy Switching Scheme, residents are pooled together and prospective energy companies are able to offer the group their cheapest tariffs.
An auction is then organised by switching company, iChoosr, and the cheapest bid wins, allowing residents who take part to sign up to an exclusive deal.
Leader of the council, Cllr Michael White, said: “People can save a lot of money by switching energy suppliers but this can sometimes involve a lot of shopping around which can be inconvenient or difficult.
“This scheme takes out a lot of the hassle as energy companies come directly to residents with their best offers.
“This is all about people power, so the more residents that register, the lower the tariff that could be offered.”
Those who take part will be under no obligation to switch companies and there will be no third parties involved once the switch to the new company has taken place.
Residents have until November 18 to sign up.
To sign up, visit www.havering.gov.uk/readytoswitch or to register over the phone, call Havering Citizens Advice Bureau on 01708 763531, from Monday to Friday, between 9.30am-4pm. Please have your most recent bill to hand.
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