Council urges residents to register for Big Wealden Switch

Wealden Council is inviting people to register for a scheme designed to save money on energy bills.

The council says the Big Wealden Switch collective buying scheme could save you around £200 to £300 on electricity and gas bills.

In 2017, 953 Wealden residents took part in the scheme and together saved £217,000.

Gold Award

This success got the district noticed at this year’s iESE Public Transformation Awards for the way the scheme successfully involved so many local people and the council won the Gold Award in Public Transformation for Community Focus – People.

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Justin Bailey, centre, and Cllr Graham Wells, right, accept an award on behalf of Wealden Council in the Public Sector Transformation Awards.

 

Wealden cabinet member for housing Graham Wells said: “The Big Wealden Switch has been a great success. I am pleased and proud to see the work our council has done to help residents save money on their fuel bills recognised nationally.

“This year’s Big Wealden Switch provides an opportunity for even more people to get involved. The more that do so, the greater our collective buying power.”

Saving

The Big Wealden Switch attracted 198 switchers in its first year. In its second year this rose to 963 switchers. In 2018, 294 people switched accounts, saving on average £337 a year.

A council press release says that last month energy regulator Ofgem raised the price cap on gas and electricity prices which could see a typical household paying an extra £117 a year.

It says you now have the opportunity to take part in this year’s scheme. If you register now, you can benefit from the February auction.

Auction

Those registering after March 27 will take part in the May auction.

The council plans to enter all those who register into a free draw with a cash prize of £500. To stand a chance of winning you must be registered by midnight on May 20.

Everyone who registers will be asked to tell a friend about the Big Wealden Switch – spreading the word ever wider, and helping create even greater muscle for the collective buying group.

Wealden works with iChooser to get the best collective bid at regular supply auctions involving the big energy companies.

Energy bill

When you register for the Big Wealden Switch online, you will need a recent household energy bill to provide details of your current usage. To find out more go to www.wealden.gov.uk/thebigswitch or call the council on 01323 443322.

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