Wealden District Council

More residents make energy savings through the Big Wealden Switch

Media Release : 08 August 2017

There has been a sharp increase in the number of Wealden residents benefiting from cheaper household energy bills by taking part the Big Wealden Switch.

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Nearly 1,000 residents saved more than £200,000 on their household energy bills during two collective switching campaigns run by Wealden District Council in partnership with iChoosr this year.
The first auction, in which energy suppliers compete with each other to provide a competitive energy tariff to prospective customers, took place in February. A total of 200 local residents took up the offer from a cheaper energy supplier and will enjoy savings this year on average of £165.58 on their domestic gas and electricity bills.
A larger number of residents, 753, took part in the May energy supply auction and enjoyed even higher average savings of £244.94 on their yearly bills. 
“This year’s overall average saving was £228. Last year, 198 residents took part and enjoyed an average saving of £279.” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council. “So many more residents are now ready to make the most of this service we are offering, and benefit from a cheaper deal for their household bills.
“With energy costs rising again over the coming year, we expect even more interest in our future energy switching auctions. We will be letting residents know when these are taking place though our My Alerts weekly email newsletter and the Wealden website.”
Residents can register their interest in taking part in the next Big Wealden Switch energy auction at the  Wealden web site. You will need to have recent household energy bill to hand.  Following collective switching auctions, people who signed up for the Big Wealden Switch receive a letter offering them a new tariff. They are under no obligation to accept but it may represent a considerable saving on their existing contract. There are no obligations and no fees involved.  
Whether you are tenant or homeowner, you can find plenty of helpful money-saving information on the Home Energy Conservation pages of the Wealden website at www.wealden.gov.uk including news about energy savings grants, loans and discount schemes as well as advice about understanding electricity and gas bills and how to switch suppliers.