There’s still time to switch, save and smile


Home owners and tenants have until 1 February to save money on their energy bills with the latest collective switching scheme.


East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has teamed up with leading collective switching expert, iChoosr, to take part in the Big Community Switch in a bid to help you get a better deal on your gas and electricity.


ENC’s free scheme, known as ‘Switch Save Smile,’ invites you to join forces and pay less for your gas and electricity. The more people who register, the greater the chance of getting a competitive energy deal.


In February, energy suppliers will be invited to take part in the auction to bid against each other to offer the best deal.


The cheapest tariff offered will win, and everyone registered for the scheme will then be sent details of how much money they could save, together with a no-obligation offer to switch. An average of £300 was saved per household in iChoosr’s last auction.


The process is very simple:


  1. Register – Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for the scheme, even if you don’t live in East Northamptonshire. The quickest and easiest way to register is online. You need your annual energy statement (or any other gas/electricity bill) for information about your existing tariff and consumption. Registration must be completed by 1 February.


  1. Consider the offer – The supplier who puts forward the cheapest tariffs gets to offer you a new contract. You will receive a personal offer, tailored to your household, which will show you how much money you might save.


  1. Make a decision – You have plenty of time to decide whether you want to switch or not. You do not have to accept the offer. If you do accept, iChoosr will take care of the entire switching process.


ENC Leader, Steven North, said: “The Big Community Switch is a hassle-free way of making sure you’re getting a good deal from your energy supplier. Lots of people haven’t got time to compare tariffs or find the whole process quite daunting. But with iChoosr all you need to do is register, which takes less than 10 minutes, and then let them do all the hard work for you.”


Karen Pell, Interim Environmental Protection Manager at ENC, added: “130 households have registered so far and I’d like to see even more people making the most of this opportunity. The greater the sign up, the greater the savings could be. I’ve registered and I’m excited to find out just how much we could all save!”


For more information and/or to register, please visit or call 01832 742121.


Sign up sessions will be held in Thrapston, Oundle and Irthlingborough for people who would like face-to-face help. Anyone can drop in to register at:


  • Thrapston Library, 19 January, 10am – 12pm
  • Oundle Library, 20 January, 10am – 12pm
  • Irthlingborough Library, 20 January, 1 – 3pm


Don’t forget your annual energy statement or latest gas/electricity bill.

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