East Dorset Energy Switch
The East Dorset Energy Switch is a collective switching energy auction set up by East Dorset District Council.
How energy auctions work
The East Dorset Energy Switch uses the collective buying power of customers to get energy companies to compete to win customers by offering them the lowest gas and electricity prices. When you register for the East Dorset Energy Switch you are joining up with people across the country who want to reduce their bills. Through the scheme energy companies offer tariffs, which are often lower than tariffs available elsewhere (including those on price comparison websites).
On the day of the auction energy companies are invited to take part in a 'reverse auction' offering their lowest prices to everyone who registered. The energy company that offers the lowest tariff wins the auction. The tariffs will be fixed for one year.
After the auction has closed you will receive an 'offer' with details of the winning tariff (and will let you know if you have any exit fees on your current tariff). The offer will include the saving you could make by 'switching' to the tariff. Your savings will be based on the information you provide during the registration process.
You will have a few weeks to decide whether to accept the offer and there is no obligation to switch. There are no charges for taking part, whatever your decision.
The East Dorset Energy Switch has a helpline number to answer queries about your offer and provide support in the unlikely event that you need help with your switch to the new tariff / supplier. Once your switch is completed you will become a direct customer of the winning energy supplier.
As you approach the end of the one year contract you can register for another East Dorset Energy Switch auction to get another market-beating tariff for the following year.
Can I take part?
You can take part in the East Dorset Energy Switch if:
- you pay a gas or electricity bill which is in your name
- you pay by direct debit or if you have a pre-payment meter
- you pay for both gas and electricity together (dual fuel), or if you pay separate bills, or if you pay only for electricity
If you are in debt to your current gas or electricity supplier you can still register but you might need to pay off some or all of your debt before switching.
You do not need to live in East Dorset to take part. Non-East Dorset residents are welcome to register as well.
How much can I save?
The average annual saving for switchers is £243. Even people who have changed energy supplier recently have made savings. The savings you could make depend upon how much gas and electricity you use and your current tariff.
How to register
Whether you regularly switch suppliers or never have, why not give the East Dorset Energy Switch a go? It's free, takes only a few minutes to sign up and you're not obliged to take up the offer.
You will be asked for details of your current tariff and details of your energy consumption (in kWh or the amount you pay each month). If you do not have energy consumption data (for example if you have just moved into your home) you can register using average consumption data provided by OFGEM (click on the information icons during registration for details). Your personal details will be held securely and will not be passed on to the energy companies.
Lower your energy bill by registering for the East Dorset Energy Switch Up.