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Walsall's Big Community Energy Switch

You can register on-line from 5th August 2016 for the next Big Community Energy Switch

The council is committed to helping residents reduce their bills including energy bills and has helped residents seek lower fuel bills through four rounds of collective fuel switching. Already over 1,842 Walsall households have used the auctions to switch saving in total an estimated £410,858.

October 2016 Auction

The table below shows the winners in the October 2016 auction

Type of ContrcatType of billingType of paymentWinning supplier
Duel Fuel onlineOnline billingMonthly Direct DebitSSE
Duel Fuel offlinePaper billingMonthly Direct DebitSSE
Electricity Only onlineOnline billingMonthly Direct DebitSSE
Electricity Only offlinePaper billingMonthly Direct DebitSSE
Duel FuelAnnual StatementPre-PaymentRobin Hood Energy

Electricity Only

Annual StatementPre-Payment

Robin Hood Energy

Average Savings

The average savings from the October 2016 auction were £232 per year

What are collective switches?

Collective switches are where residents get together to form a single powerful buying unit, cheaper energy bills could be the result for each household that signs up.

Switching is available to all householders whether you own or rent or have a prepayment meter. Even people with a debt on a pre-payment meter of up to £500 are able to switch supplier.

Previous collective switch auctions. Average savings for Walsall residents

  • June 2014 auction led to average savings of £259
  • October 2014 auction led to average savings of £221
  • February 2015 auction led to average savings of £250
  • May 2015 auction led to average savings of £280
  • October 2015 auction led to average savings of £273
  • May 2016 auction led to average savings of £293
  • October 2016 auction led to average savings of £232

Tariff periods and what you may want to do before it comes to an end

The switch to another energy company is on their specific terms and conditions and the Council has no control over this. In most cases the switch and energy prices are for a 12 month period only.

If you have already switched we urge residents to check when their tariff is up for renewal and to think about:

Contacting their energy provider to see what new tariff they will be offered. This may be higher than the ‘switch’ tariff

  • Contacting their energy provider to see what new tariff they will be offered. This may be higher than the ‘switch’ tariff;;
  • Registering for a new collective switch and or
  • Using a comparison website to see if the new tariff being offered is the best deal currently available.

The decision to switch or stay with a current energy provider is a residents and not the councils.

Follow this link to register your interest in Walsalls Big Community Energy Switch

This page was last updated on 09 March 2017