West Berkshire Council

Still time to save cash by signing up to West Berkshire Energy Switch

West Berkshire residents who may be paying too much for their energy still have time to join the West Berkshire Energy Switch.

Energy Switching Scheme

Issued on: 7 March 2017

240 West Berkshire  households have already registered.  Led by West Berkshire Council, the West Berkshire Energy Switch was combined with a number of other similar initiatives around the UK, to create a collective of more than 62,000 households and was driven by over 80 local authorities.

Residents who signed up for the latest round of the West Berkshire Energy Switch could save an average of £114 each following an auction between energy companies. 

The council partnered with iChoosr, the UK's leading expert in collective energy switching, and together they are able to deliver bespoke and highly competitive tariffs.

The winner of the auction, First Utility, will supply a range of contracts to residents.  The tariffs are exclusive to residents of our partner councils and scheme members and are not available direct from the suppliers or via price comparison services.

Households in West Berkshire who haven't yet signed up are still able to access the exclusive deal secured through the collective by simply signing up via the website today. They can do this right up until the offer expires on 20th March.

Residents can sign up to receive their personalised offer, or those without internet access can contact the Project Officer by 13 March for assistance on 01635 503267. They will need to have their energy bill to hand to register.

Cllr Marcus Franks, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Public Protection said: "We are pleased to be able to extend this offer to our householders. Now is the ideal time for residents, especially those on standard tariffs, to switch. Signing up will enable them to see if they could secure a good rate for the year ahead as wholesale energy prices are likely to continue increasing in the coming weeks. Working as a district wide collective literally gives us the power to negotiate the best possible deals for our residents. "

George Frost, iChoosr UK Country Manager, commented: "After more than three years of falling energy prices, the price hikes are now coming thick and fast.  Households which have never switched, or at least not recently, will be hardest hit as the already high standard tariffs are going yet higher.  For those in fixed term contracts sadly in a rising market you may pay more but you can protect yourself from further rises by fixing your tariff now until May 2018.
"First Utility has won this auction. They are the largest independent supplier in the UK and is dripping in customer service accolades from Netmums, The Institute of Customer Service and Good Housekeeping, to name just a few.  It is a strong challenger to the so called Big 6 - the better known brands you may be familiar with - and in this deal is offering great service at a great price."

Residents who are already signed up to the switch will soon get their personal offer letters or emails letting them know if they'll be saving against their current deal - and if so how much money will be going back into their pocket and perhaps spent with local businesses.

There is no obligation for people to accept their personal offer, but if they do it's easy and straightforward and the new provider will take care of the whole process.