The Essex Energy Switch is back, helping local communities come together to take the hassle out of searching for a better energy rate.

The Essex Energy Switch is a group buying scheme for gas and electricity. It is free to register and there is no obligation to accept an offer. The more people that register, the greater the collective buying power of the group.

All Energy Switch suppliers must provide 100% renewable electricity. This will help to reduce carbon emissions in the county.

Registering for the Energy Switch is quick and easy. Taking part helps you avoid searching for the best deals as all the hard work is done for you.

The amount of money saved varies depending on factors such as the current tariff, payment method and consumption. Savings, or where there are no savings, are displayed in the personal offer received.

While there is no guarantee that an offer will be the cheapest, the model aims to ensure most people are offered lower annual energy bills than they are currently paying or are available at the time of the offer.

Registration for the Essex Energy Switch is free and only takes five minutes. Pre-approved energy companies will bid at an auction to see who can offer the lowest energy tariff. Those registered will receive an offer once the winning bidder is chosen. There’s no obligation to switch. For customers who decided to proceed, the process is taken care of by the winning supplier.

Register online or by calling the Big Community Switch registration line on 0800 048 8439 to register and receive correspondence by post. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm. Those looking to sign up should have a recent energy bill to hand.