Another chance to join York’s Big Community Energy Switch ahead of winter

City of York Council is reminding residents who missed out on the initial Big Community Switch that they can join 18,000 other people nationally who have considered switching energy suppliers and saving money on their bills.

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In the most recent round of the Big Community Switch, run by the council’s partner iChoosr, 230 York residents could save on average £215 from their gas and electricity bills if they switch to the new tariff secured by the scheme. To help other residents consider taking advantage of the new tariffs on offer, the scheme’s deadline has been extended to residents who join the switch before 24 November

Jacqui Warren, Sustainability Officer, said: “With the clocks changing and the nights drawing in many people are starting to use more energy, therefore the Big Community Switch is a great way for people to see if they can reduce their energy bill, with residents saving on average £215 during this switch.”

To enable even more people to take advantage of the recent tariffs secured by the scheme, registration has been re-opened until 24 November.

How the big community switch works
1. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for free at, including pre payment meter customers and those without gas. Registration is easy – you just need a recent fuel bill or annual statement.

2. The council’s switching partner iChoosr will hold an ‘auction day’ and invite energy companies to offer their best prices.

3. The cheapest tariff wins! People who have registered will receive an email with details of the tariff secured by the scheme.

4. Residents will have until a 24 November 2015 to register and decide to accept the offer or not (please note that anyone registering off-line will have until 17 November). There is no obligation to accept and no fees or charges. If residents choose not to take up the offer, they can always register again in future schemes.

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Big Community Energy Switch – York deadline extended

After an extremely successful auction which saw a tariff secured by iChoosr that could save residents on average £243, City of York Council is urging residents to sign up to the Big Community Energy Switch before 9 March.

People will join together with over 400 other residents from York in the switch, which could help them save on their gas and electricity bills.

A drop-in event will be held at City of York Council’s West Office on 2 March from 10am – 3pm. Residents can take their offer letter if they have any questions.

People can also sign up to the switch if they take a recent fuel bill.

The council and iChoosr held their first scheme between December 2013 and February 2014. A total of 751 York residents signed up, along with 36,000 people across the UK.

Supported by York’s Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK York – the Save Money by Switching Energy campaign launched in December 2013. The scheme enables York residents to register for the assisted scheme through these four easy steps that can result in them being offered potentially cheaper alternative tariffs to consider switching to.

York Community Energy supply Switch drop-in sessions

City of York Council is inviting residents to attend a drop-in session where help will be on hand to assist them in signing up to the Big Community Energy Switch, which could help them save money on their gas and electricity bills.

The sessions will take place in various locations throughout the city in September. Residents who would like to find out more about switching are asked to bring a fuel bill along with them.

Sessions will take place on: