Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire collective energy switch scheme reopens

A collective energy-switch scheme in Hampshire is being reopened to new applicants.

Switch Hampshire, run by Hampshire County Council, first ran in 2013 when it attracted 1,500 people.

The scheme combines participants' buying power in a one-day auction when energy suppliers bid against each other for their custom. The firm offering the cheapest tariff wins.

New applicants have until 17 February to sign up for the latest auction.

'No pressure'

The county's income and capital resources councillor, Mel Kendal, said: "I think some people will be very surprised how much money can be saved.

"If no savings can be found, or Switch Hampshire is not considered to be able to offer the best deal, then there is no pressure or commitment to switch."

The authority, which runs the scheme in conjunction with Hampshire's unitary, borough and district councils, said the first scheme saved direct debit customers about £120 a year on average.

The scheme is also open to non-direct debit customers and people with pre-payment meters.

The auction will take place on 18 February and residents will receive their energy offer in early March.

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