Energy switch saves hundreds on bills for Crawley residents

Cllr Colin Lloyd. Crawley Borough Council SUS-150306-124654001

Cllr Colin Lloyd. Crawley Borough Council SUS-150306-124654001

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People who signed up to Crawley Borough Council’s second energy switch scheme are set to save an average of more than £200 over the next year.

Ninety-seven per cent of the 135 registrants will make a saving and can now take advantage of the exclusive market leading rates they should have received via email or the post. They have until June 23 to accept their offer.

This follows the first council scheme in the winter, when 660 households saved an average of £245 each on their energy bills.

There were three winners in this auction – E.ON Energy, British Gas and OVO Energy, who will supply a range of contracts.

The tariffs offered are exclusive to energy switch members and are not available direct from the suppliers or price comparison websites.

British Gas won the dual fuel online and paper billing contracts, E.ON Energy won the electricity only online and paper billing contracts and OVO Energy won all of the prepayment contracts.

The council worked in partnership with iChoosr to help reduce costs through an energy auction process. This means the more people to sign-up to the scheme, the better the deal, as energy companies bid their best prices to beat their competitors for the prospect of a large number of new customers.

Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “I’m pleased that we are able to help provide even more savings for Crawley residents. Energy bills have been going up for many years so I’m delighted that our switching campaigns are having such a fantastic impact.”

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 is 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.

If people have not received their offers yet they are advised to first check their email spam folders and then call the iChoosr helpline on 0800 088 5007.

People who have questions about the switch and want to speak face to face to a council officer can visit a drop-in session on Tuesday (June 9) in the Town Hall foyer between 10am and 2pm.

For more information visit: www.crawley.gov.uk/energyswitching.

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