Switch to renewable energy and lower your bills

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People can reduce their carbon footprint and lower their energy bills by registering for the latest Big Switch auction.

That’s after Daventry District Council’s switching partner iChoosr introduced new rules meaning only companies offering 100% renewable electricity tariffs can take part in the process.

The move supports the aims of DDC’s Action on Climate Change campaign, launched this year following the Council’s decision to declare a climate emergency and which aims to show people how they can take simple steps to improve the environment.

The Big Switch sees residents sign-up to join a national collective, with energy companies then bidding for their custom in a reverse auction.

Because the auction is an opportunity for energy companies to secure thousands of customers in one go, the deals they offer in a bid to win that auction are often better than those advertised to the general public.

iChoosr have been encouraging 100% renewable electricity tariffs in recent years and a number of them have won the auction, but this is the first time such tariffs have been required.  

Residents in Daventry District have until 5 October to sign-up to the autumn Big Switch auction process

The sign-up process is quick and easy, with just an annual bill or indication of annual energy usage required.

Following the end of the registration period, everyone who signed up will be sent an offer indicating any savings they could make. There is no obligation to accept that offer and no fees or charges involved, whether people decide to switch or not.

People who switched providers through last autumn’s auction are particularly encouraged to register again, as their fixed-term contract will be coming to an end and this is an opportunity to secure another good deal through the scheme.

Around 87% of residents who signed up to the last scheme in the autumn were offered a better energy deal, providing an opportunity to make savings of about £223 per year on average. 

Councillor Jo Gilford, Portfolio Holder for Environment on Daventry District Council, said: “Our Big Switch scheme has helped hundreds of residents reduce their energy bills in recent years, which is wonderful. The fact our partner iChoosr has committed to only allowing 100% renewable electricity tariffs to enter the auction process makes the scheme even better, allowing residents to save money while reducing their carbon footprint and making a real difference to the environment.

“This really supports the aim of our Action on Climate Change campaign and I would encourage our residents to spend five minutes registering to see if they could save money while switching to a renewable electricity tariff.”