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Community switching

Community energy switching uses ‘group buying power’ to secure exclusive cheap energy tariffs with suppliers. Wealden District Council offers a community switching service which is available at certain points throughout the year to anyone in East Sussex, or no matter where you live in the UK.

The scheme is run in partnership with iChoosr and aims to help people save money on energy bills. Participation is completely free and you are under no obligation to switch. As long as you are the bill payer you can take part, regardless of tenancy or meter type.

Check when the next community energy switch is running and take part to see how much money you could save. The simple process is as follows:

  1. Register online by going to www.wealden.gov.uk/thebigswitch or by calling the Council on 01323 443322. You will need your annual fuel statement or recent energy bills to complete the process.
  2. The collective bargaining power of lots of people like you is used by iChoosr to get energy companies to try and under-bid one another to provide you with the cheapest tariff.
  3. iChoosr will then contact you by email or letter detailing your personal offer. Remember to check your emails after the auction. Remember that there’s no obligation to switch. If you like the offer you can accept and switch to your new supplier which is a fixed price contract for twelve months.

You can use one email address to register up to five households. Why not tell a relative or friend?

Oil clubs

To see if you pay more for your heating oil than you need to have a look at oil clubs. Oil clubs are groups of people mainly in rural areas who combine their orders for domestic heating oil. They offer bulk purchasing power so that members get a better deal on their heating fuel. The Oil-Club covers East Sussex and is one of the largest heating oil club in the UK with over 5 million litres ordered each month. You should always try to shop around to get the best deal in your area – check out the BoilerJuice and Fuel Tool domestic heating oil comparison websites.

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