Solihull MBC have managed four successful Collective Energy Switching Schemes (called Solihull Switch ‘n’ Save) in October 2015, May 2016, October 2016 and again in May 2017. The aim of scheme is to help residents find a better/cheaper deal on home gas and electricity bills and also means residents do not need to negotiate the often confusing world of energy suppliers and tariffs. Although it’s designed to save money for residents, the scheme is open to everyone and you didn’t need to live within the borough to take part.
See the here to view the Switch ‘n’ Save leaflet.
This type of scheme is known as Collective Switching, which uses the collective bargaining power of groups of people to get better prices for electricity and gas from energy suppliers. Solihull MBC work with iChoosr, a company that specialises in working with utility companies and managing collective energy switching to negotiate a better tariff on behalf of the group of people who register for the scheme.
Residents need to have a recent energy bill to hand and visit www.solihull.gov.uk/switching to register. They could also go to a local council walk-in centre if help to register was needed. Residents who register receive an email or letter containing details of the new energy offer and quantifying the estimated annual savings available. Residents then decide whether to Switch and Save. There were no obligations and it’s completely free.
The scheme has helped 1,428 people get a better energy deal with potential collective total savings of over £418,000 that can be used to boost the local economy.