Cheaper energy tariffs could soon be available to Worcestershire residents following the launch of the County Council's annual Collective Energy scheme.
In a time of uncertainty for consumers regarding their energy prices, this scheme gives the county's residents the opportunity to use their collective bargaining power to get themselves a better deal.
Launched on the 14th August, Worcestershire Energy Switch negotiates competitive prices with energy companies on behalf of local residents with group buying expert iChoosr.
Last year saw 550 residents sign up to the scheme, and they went on to see average savings of £182 per year on their energy bills.
The county is once again joining a growing trend on a national scale for money saving schemes in relation to energy prices. Across the UK, over 650,000 have taken part in collective energy switches resulting in combined savings of over £25million.
Welcoming the launch of the scheme, Cllr Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment said:
“Some residents may be paying too much, particularly if they haven’t switched supplier for a while, so I’d encourage everyone to sign up and see what offer they receive. Indeed, collective energy switching is dependent on the number of people who do sign up so the more people we can encourage to take part the lower the tariff will be for everyone involved.”
The scheme allows residents to register their interest in the scheme before a competitive process to find the best deal for the group. Those who have registered their interest will then be given a personalised offer showing how much could be saved by switching.
Those who register for the scheme can consider the offer before deciding whether or not to switch suppliers and there is no charge to join the scheme.
The amount of money that can be saved will vary depending on individual factors such as the current tariff, payment method, consumption and the winning bid. There is no guarantee that an offer will be the cheapest but the model aims to ensure the majority of participants are offered lower annual energy bills than they are on currently paying or are available at the time of the offer.
If you want to take part you should visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/energyswitch .
You will need to have your latest energy bill handy as you’ll need the details during the registration process.
Registration is open until midnight 8th October 2018 with individual offers emailed to residents from 22nd October 2018.
You can register offline via local energy charity Act on Energy 0800 988 2881. There are also a series of events around the county, hosted by the charity, where staff will be on hand to assist you with your registration. The first one takes place on the 3rd September, at Malvern Library between 9:30am and 12:30pm.