Council looking to get best energy rates for residents

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Braintree District Council is asking residents to sign up to a mass energy switch to save money on their bills before winter. So far 550 residents have already signed up and there is still a week to go.

Residents can register their interest, with no obligation to switch, by signing up before Monday, October 12.

By using the purchasing power of the whole community rather than an individual, the scheme sees energy suppliers compete against each other to offer tariffs not ordinarily available to bill-payers. Typically the average savings of the scheme could be up to £230 per year.

A one-day auction will take place on Tuesday, October 13, with energy companies coming forward to offer their best possible tariffs.

Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer which details how much they could save by switching to the winning provider. There is no obligation to switch.

Councillor Robert Mitchell, cabinet member for carbon and energy management, said: “Sign up and save, it’s that simple. Registering is hassle-free with no obligation to switch. The more people who sign up for the scheme, the lower the offer price is likely to be. It’s only by coming together like this that we can help to force bills down.”

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