Important Changes to the Auction Process:

Due to the energy crisis, (gas wholesale prices have quadrupled in the last year) the Spring increase in the price cap, and the predicted price cap increase in Autumn  the switching market in its entirety is at a standstill.  Rather than a specific fixed date for auctions (as in previous years) an open-ended auction will be held when the prices are right and there is the potential of obtaining an offer for residents. iChoosr will continue to monitor the situation and talk with suppliers to stay aware of any price/market changes.

For more information and advice regarding the energy price rise please visit https://bigcommunityswitch.co.uk/kent/info/why-are-my-energy-bills-going-up.

Registrants in the May auction group will receive an email/letter explaining the situation and if and when an offer is obtained, they will be contacted.

If you are interested in being part of the open-ended auction, register your details through the link below or alternatively leave your contact details on 01322 343056 to receive a call back to help with the registration process.

Information about the Winter auction held on 15 February 2022:

Due to the current energy market with record rises in gas prices over the last 6 months, energy suppliers were not able to bid with tariffs below, or even close to the new Ofgem Price Cap which is a £693 increase (54%) and takes effect from 01 April. Therefore, personal energy offers will not be sent out to residents for the Winter auction, as it would not make economic sense to switch to a fixed tariff at this time.

Online registrants will receive an email explaining the situation, and the opportunity to opt into the next auction. Offline registrants will receive a letter  with an explanation of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this auction and will be automatically enrolled in the open ended auction. Residents can call 0800 048 8285  if they do not want to take part in the next auction round.

Under the current circumstances the advice is:

  • If you are on a Standard Variable Tariff don’t switch. Your current energy supplier may offer you a fixed tariff which you may want to consider accepting if it is cheaper than remaining on the Standard Variable Tariff, but this is unlikely right now.

If you are on a fixed tariff don’t switch. This is assuming you fixed your tariff before the recent rises in the market, this is likely to represent a good deal compared to what is in the market now, so you should stay on your fixed tariff until the end of your contract. 

About Kent Energy Deal  

During these difficult and challenging times it’s even more important to save money on your energy bill.

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 Borough Council along with 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 usually hold 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. If your current fixed tariff is not due to expire in the next few months, register and take part in one of the forthcoming rounds.

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.

You don't have to live in one of our districts to take part.

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

Find out more information and register

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, or leave your contact details on 01322 343056 during registration periods for assistance

Registration is free and there is no obligation to accept the winning offer.

Don’t have access to an email address:

People without an email address can register via a relative or friend’s email address (maximum of five households per email address) or alternatively contact Environmental Promotions Officer on 01322 343056.

The Council currently offers a number of Discount and Energy Grant Schemes to provide the opportunity to insulation homes to make them more energy efficient and help save money of energy bills. Details can be found here: https://www.dartford.gov.uk/by-category/environment-and-planning2/energy-efficiency-and-conservation/warm-homes-scheme

Want to know more:

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

Contact Us:

Tel: 01322 343056
Contact us using this Online form