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Cut Energy Bills - Switch Together

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The energy market is very volatile, and prices are rising, and they are now at a 10 year high. Ofgem have raised the price cap, and this increase will impact variable tariffs from 1st October 2021. The outcome of the October Auction is not predictable, however it is likely that personal energy offers will show low or negative savings. Whether you switch or not you are likely to see your energy bills going up. A fixed tariff will offer peace of mind that your rates won’t go up anymore for a year.

Due to unprecedented rises in wholesale costs of fossil fuels, particularly gas has led to some suppliers going bust. If you are one of these suppliers customers, or are concerned about your situation, the Ofgem website has guidance. It is important whatever the situation to take regular meter readings to ensure that you are only paying for the energy you use.

Kent Energy Deal has been in operation since collective energy switching began in the UK in 2013.  Kent Energy Deal is a partnership between Kent Councils and iChoosr to help residents save money on their energy bills by using combined buying power to access highly competitive tariffs.  Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells are the partner Councils that run the scheme, however online registration is open to any resident no matter what District/ Borough they live in.

Participation is completely free with no obligation to switch.  Kent Energy Deal holds 3 auction rounds a year, Autumn, Winter and Spring (auctions October, February and May). Register for the auction round that most closely aligns to the end of your current fixed tariff.

Registration for the Autumn auction is now open  

The auction will be held on 12 October 2021

Personal energy offers will be sent out from 25 October 2021

How to take part

Registration requires details of energy consumption (on energy bill/annual energy statement - preferably in kWhs), name of current supplier and current tariff.

For more information and to register https://bigcommunityswitch.co.uk/kent/landing 

  •  Due to restrictions on the scheme the council is not allowed to send out reminders to residents who have switched through the scheme in the past two years.  Therefore, please keep a note of your current tariff expiry date and register for the auction that coincides with that date.

Four things you should do

  • Grab your bill and register yourself - it's free, easy and without obligation
  • Tell your neighbours about the scheme
  • Help your relatives if they are not used to registering their details online (you can register on their behalf)
  • Help people without internet access to register with you online.
  • If you live in one of the Council areas that run the scheme (Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells) and do not have internet access then contact your participating authority for assistance with registration.

Results from May 2021 auction

Shell Energy: Dual fuel and electricity only online contacts (Monthly Direct Debit)

Shell Energy: Dual fuel and electricity only paper billing (Monthly Direct Debit)

Omni Energy: Pre Payment Meter contracts

Want to know more?

Alternative energy switching options are available through Ofgem accredited comparison sites.

Logos of participating Councils: Dartford Borough Council, Dover District Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough CouncilThis scheme is organised by Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells Councils.

Information on collective switching can be found on the Department of Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy website


Contact us

Tel: 01304 872128

Email: energy@dover.gov.uk