Sandwell residents and businesses take control of your energy costs this new year. Simply register for free with Sandwell Energy Switch to see whether you can reduce your gas and electricity bills.
Many Sandwell households and premises are facing price rises, following the increase in the regulator’s energy price cap. Bills rose by a typical £139 a year in October 2021 and it is likely they will increase again in April 2022.
By registering with Sandwell Energy Switch both residents and businesses can benefit from the bargaining power of a large group. Once you have registered, an energy auction is held where suppliers compete for the opportunity to offer registrants the lowest energy tariff.
There are three energy switching auctions a year, and Sandwell residents and businesses can now register for the winter auction, which is planned for 15 February 2022. Offers will be sent to members from 28 February 2022.
Offers made to registrants following the auction will depend on what happens in the energy market, which at the moment is uncertain. For example, if fixed term rates cannot compete with standard variable tariffs, the round will be void and no offers will be sent out.
So, what is the process? It’s simple – just register your interest. Registration is quick, free and without obligation. Registering an interest will allow an offer to be made at an appropriate time depending on existing arrangements with your energy supplier(s).
Sandwell Energy Switch holds a reverse auction with pre-vetted suppliers, who compete to offer registrants the most competitive price. Registrants then receive a detailed but easy to understand personal offer.
There is no obligation to switch once an offer is received, registrants decide if they want to accept the offer and Sandwell Energy Switch’s dedicated helpdesk is on hand to answer any questions. This can be contacted at free phone 0800 048 8116.
Sandwell Energy Switch then handles the entire switching process for residents and businesses so you don’t have to do anything!
Councillor Ahmad Bostan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Energy switching is not a new concept but traditionally consumers tend not to switch providers.
“Sandwell Energy Switch provides a consistent and easy-to-understand way for people to see if they can pay less for their energy. Year on year the scheme has delivered competitive tariffs for households and premises. If we all group together, we’ll get a better deal than if we try to do it individually.
“Sandwell Council is helping residents to save money and have the opportunity to take control of their energy costs. And any tariffs offered will be 100 per cent renewable for the foreseeable future, supporting our climate change goals.”
To register for the Sandwell Energy Switch, whether you are a householder or a business owner, go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/energyswitch.