Don't miss out on Collective Switching (deadline 17th Dec) - Big energy savings to be had!! Circa £200
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Don't miss out on Collective Switching (deadline 17th Dec) - Big energy savings to be had!! Circa £200

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Found 14th Dec 2012
Monday 17th is the deadline to join the Collective Switching campaign organised by a number of different district councils. The premise is to switch energy suppliers on mass, using this as leverage to bargain a better deal with the suppliers. Savings could be as much as £200 a year.

I only realized there was a deadline when I read this:
borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/new…me/

If you're not a fan of the energy companies (who is?), this is at least one way we can fight back a little. Similar schemes in Belgium and Holland have been very successful

You can read more on your local council's website. The link to my council council (Herts) is: hertsdirect.org/ser…dy/

Which magazine did a similar switching scheme earlier in the year: which.co.uk/ene…ed/

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Bound to fail...

Original Poster

balticam

Bound to fail...



11k already signed up - thats a lot of people to bargain with...

Why so negative?

worth a try I suppose, if they cant beat the tarrif your on you not obliged to switch

Banned

Best way to find cheapest tariff - do your own research . Biggest winners here- energy supply companies and councils,not ordinary people.

Original Poster

balticam

Best way to find cheapest tariff - do your own research . Biggest winners … Best way to find cheapest tariff - do your own research . Biggest winners here- energy supply companies and councils,not ordinary people.



Care to do some research on this first? Get out from under your bridge

debs626

worth a try I suppose, if they cant beat the tarrif your on you not … worth a try I suppose, if they cant beat the tarrif your on you not obliged to switch



Absolutely agree!

davewave

Absolutely agree!



Same here

If the local authority can gain from this it 'should' be us Council Tax payers that benefit - not a company that pockets the referal fee
Edited by: "Pipcola" 14th Dec 2012

Surely, any action is better than no action

I think Which consumer magazine had at least 20000 signed up and failed to come up with anything worthwhile

Works out dearer for me...done the research, got the quotes. Maybe next year...

Edited by: "Ferengi" 14th Dec 2012

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Ferengi

Works out dearer for me...done the research, got the quotes. Maybe next … Works out dearer for me...done the research, got the quotes. Maybe next year...



Do you have a link to the quotes? Be interesting to see what they've come up with - Seemed like they did very well out of it in Holland.

Clipper

Do you have a link to the quotes? Be interesting to see what they've … Do you have a link to the quotes? Be interesting to see what they've come up with - Seemed like they did very well out of it in Holland.



Holland probably does not have greedy council officials, you can bet that there is some kind of kickback for councils/staff.

Interesting concept

The reason it amounted to nothing, was utility companies do not need to offer any incentive or discount (despite the fact any other sector would clammer at the prospect of securing a user base as large).

The utility companies have a free rain to defraud UK citizens (as they have for decades), completely unimpeded, by either 'regulatory bodies', or politicians as openly corrupt.

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Inactive

Holland probably does not have greedy council officials, you can bet that … Holland probably does not have greedy council officials, you can bet that there is some kind of kickback for councils/staff.



Quote from council - 'As an added bonus, for every Hertfordshire resident who switches energy supplier, Hertfordshire County Council will receive a referral fee. This money will be put towards our annual 'Keep Warm, Stay Well' campaign, which supports vulnerable residents - young and old - who are struggling to keep warm in their homes.'

"South Holland District Council"? Where the hill is that?
Last time I checked it was a province in the Netherlands...

I have already registered, but not that optimistic. Unless this stupid government makes in-roads to disabling oil-price indexing to other energy sources then we are doomed to extortionate energy costs.

clicked on the link and fleetingly saw the logos:

(mis)Read the wiltshire one as:

Wiltshire Council
Where Everyone Mutters

Have some heat for my self imposed chortle.

Pipcola

Same hereIf the local authority can gain from this it 'should' be us … Same hereIf the local authority can gain from this it 'should' be us Council Tax payers that benefit - not a company that pockets the referal fee



I know imagine a business making money from referrals, you wouldn't catch me anywhere near it .... doh!

I better dig out my Pipeline card...

Banned

I signed up with oldham council, but very poor deals negotiated as they contain a 12 months tie in clauses. When asked about this they failed to respond. Cold from me.

Thanks

balticam

Best way to find cheapest tariff - do your own research . Biggest winners … Best way to find cheapest tariff - do your own research . Biggest winners here- energy supply companies and councils,not ordinary people.



Totally agree...and i would not dare mentioning bac@han@ers

No different to just doing it yourself and taking the quidco / topcashback commission.

We signed up to Eon for the next 12-18 months about 2-3 months ago just before they upped the price. It should see our combined go from 950 to 800ish. They were the cheapest at the time and fix for 2 winters. I would be amazed if any of these schemes can beat this tarrif. I have signed up for 2 of them neither came close.

Why do they want my phone number - if they have my address and email then they can write.
Only reason they want phone is to pressure-sell.

"on mass"? Is there some advantage in choosing the heaviest energy company?

The only way any scheme like this would work is if the amount of people joining in was closer to 5-10 million people and it was a simple thing of them switching over on a specific date you could see British gas lose a very large percentage of there customers. And in losing customers they would be losing hundreds of million if not billions a year. That is the only way to stop the greed.
Maybe a twitter campaign where one gas supplier was chosen for everyone to join for a 12 month period. Then after 12 months a clear offer from the suppliers for the best rates and the one with the best rates gets the next 12 months. I think this could scare a lot of suppliers as 12 months of very low income would hurt them really badly.

1977mermaid

"South Holland District Council"? Where the hill is that?Last time I … "South Holland District Council"? Where the hill is that?Last time I checked it was a province in the Netherlands...



It's in Lincolnshire and gets it's name from all the reclaimed land round there that I believe the Dutch pioneered.

flubaluba

The only way any scheme like this would work is if the amount of people … The only way any scheme like this would work is if the amount of people joining in was closer to 5-10 million people and it was a simple thing of them switching over on a specific date you could see British gas lose a very large percentage of there customers. And in losing customers they would be losing hundreds of million if not billions a year. That is the only way to stop the greed.Maybe a twitter campaign where one gas supplier was chosen for everyone to join for a 12 month period. Then after 12 months a clear offer from the suppliers for the best rates and the one with the best rates gets the next 12 months. I think this could scare a lot of suppliers as 12 months of very low income would hurt them really badly.



Its good thinking, but this might not work. The trouble is they are not stupid. Say if 5-10 million did switched it EON or EDF or whichever they would see what was happening and eventually start to refuse customers. They would forsee their own fate and would see it as shooting themselves in the foot because eventually it would be their turn to be picked on.

The only real way is for the public to club together totally. Take back control and kick the rest to the ground. EDF was sold to the chinese for £5.8 billion, but how do raise £6 billion? or how do you start up an energy company? i think thats the only way forward.

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