Big Community Switch

Want to save money on your Gas and electricity bills?Switching supplier might help

This short video tells you how and why West Somerset Council is seeking to help local residents save money on their energy bills.  Want to see if you can save money on your bills?

Switching energy providers often saves money but this can be complex with multiple suppliers and tariffs to choose from. Most people stick with their supplier rather than switching to a cheaper one.

West Somerset Council is working in partnership with iChoosr to offer residents the opportunity to easily switch fuel providers in order to save money and tackle fuel poverty.

iChoosr are experts in group buying and since 2012 more than 160 Councils across Britain have started to run similar schemes. Those who have signed-up in West Somerset have saved between £60 and £250 a year, with an average saving of around £125 per household.

On behalf of the residents iChoosr invite energy companies to bid their best tariff based on the number of people who have registered an interest.  After the closing date iChoosr then send a personal offer to each resident who then decides whether or not to switch. It is free to take part and there is no obligation to switch.

Register your interest online or in person through West Somerset Council.

Register with the scheme

People on pre-payment meters can also switch, as long as they are not more than £500 in debt with their current supplier.

How does the scheme work?

The person responsible for the energy bill registers - details needed will be on the annual fuel statement or recent set of fuel bills.

When registration closes the energy companies are asked to make their best offer. The lowest offer wins.

The details of the offer are sent to each person who has registered along with an option to switch to the deal offered.

The contract offered will be with the winning supplier, for a minimum of 12 months, at a fixed rate.

Residents are able to switch away from their tariff within the 12 months if they want to, as with any other tariff. If this is in the last 30 days then this usually doesn’t incur an exit fee however if they wanted to switch away sooner then they may be subject to an exit fee. This is the same as all fixed term contracts.
Dates to note Spring Auction
Launch of Big Community Energy switch - open for registration 3 April 2018
Registration deadline - paper only 26 June 2018
Extended registration deadline (for on-line registration only) 3 July 2018
Auction takes place 22 May 2018
Personal offers made to residents 4 June 2018
Last day for online enquiries/to accept offer - scheme closure 3 July 2018
Launch of next auction To be advised
The start for the new contract/deal will depend on the supplier and when the residents accepts their offer.