Savings continue with collective energy switching

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Supplier ranked number one for customer service by Citizens Advice wins collective energy auction.

Scarborough Borough Council householders who signed up for the latest round of the Big Community Switch could save an average of £221.07 each following an auction between energy companies. The council partnered with iChoosr, the UK's leading expert in collective energy switching, and together they were able to deliver bespoke and highly competitive tariffs.

The winners of the auction, SSE and Boost energy, will supply a range of contracts to residents. The SSE tariff was the cheapest Big 6 open market fixed tariff on auction day and is not available direct from the suppliers or via price comparison services. SSE is currently ranked number one for customer service by Citizens Advice with 5 out of 5 stars for ease of switching and contact.

Boost is an evolution of OVO Energy’s Smart PAYG+, the UK’s first truly smart prepayment platform, which has removed the need for card or key top-up systems and instead gives customers the option to add credit through a smartphone app linked to a smart meter.

In the Borough of Scarborough 127 households registered for the Big Community Switch, which was combined with a number of other similar initiatives around the UK to create a collective of more than 34,000 households, which was driven by more than 50 local authorities.

Households in the Borough of Scarborough who haven't yet signed up are still able to access the exclusive deal secured through the collective by simply signing up via scarborough.gov.uk/choices4energy before the offer expires on 28 November 2017.

Now is the ideal time for residents, especially those on standard tariffs, to switch. Residents should see if they could secure a good rate for the year ahead as wholesale energy prices are likely to continue increasing in the coming weeks.

George Frost, iChoosr UK Country Manager, commented:

"There is a lot of talk at the moment about price caps for energy and we support proposals which provide greater security and support for the vulnerable and fuel poor. We are working with the regulator and other bodies reviewing the energy sector to suggest what the possible impacts of different proposals might be.

"In the short term households should not be lulled in to a false sense of security that the Government is going to cut their energy bills and so there is no point in switching. It remains the fact that households, which have not switched tariff recently, could make significant savings by reviewing their energy contracts. Council run collective switching schemes provide a safe and easy route for householders to engage with the energy market and will continue to do so."

Residents will soon get their personal offer letters or emails letting them know if they'll be saving against their current deal and if so how much money will be going back into their pocket and perhaps spent with local businesses. There is no obligation for people to accept their personal offer, but if they do it’s easy and straightforward and the new provider will take care of the whole process.

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