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Stockton households' big savings switch

Thursday, November 3, 2016

STOCKTON-ON-TEES householders are benefiting from considerable savings on their energy bills after taking part in the Big Community Switch – and there’s still time to get involved.

Residents were invited to register for the switch earlier this year which saw energy companies bid against each other in an auction for the right to deliver highly competitive tariffs to households across the Borough.

425 households registered to change their energy provider, with 82.5% of those predicted to make an average saving of £214.26 on their yearly bills if they proceed with the switch.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “This is always a popular scheme for our residents and we’ve seen more people sign up this year than ever before as it can be a real means of achieving real savings on costly energy bills.

“Since this scheme was launched in 2013, residents in our area have saved a total of almost £100,000.

“The predicted average saving for a household in Stockton of over £200 is a sign of the value on offer so I’d encourage everyone to think about whether they are paying too much for their energy and whether they could benefit from taking part in the Big Community Switch.”

And now residents are being given an extra chance to benefit from the scheme, as registration has reopened. Anyone wishing to switch must have signed and returned their confirmation of switch form by Sunday 27 November.

There were two companies that were successful in this year’s auction. SSE won the bid to provide Duel Fuel and Electricity Only tariffs that are exclusive to those taking part in the switch and are not available direct from the supplier or via price comparison services.

Robin Hood Energy successfully bid to become the supplier for pre-payment meter customers.

For more information on switching, visit

Residents who need help to take part can contact the Stockton District Advice and Information Service – call 01642 633877 to arrange an appointment.

The scheme is run by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council with delivery partners iChoosr and Make It Cheaper.

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