AgilityEco’s energy switching service for local authorities and social landlords has saved residents thousands since September 2016
Hundreds of households have now benefited from AgilityEco’s energy switching and price comparison service specifically designed for local authorities and social landlords, and launched as a new service in September 2016.
Recognising the increasing obligations of local authorities and social landlords to offer their tenants and residents energy savings advice, AgilityEco developed its bespoke energy switching service specifically to support council-led efforts to combat fuel poverty in local communities. Portsmouth City Council, (including Gosport Borough Council), Telford & Wrekin Council and most recently Bracknell Forest Council have all launched their own energy switching sites, supported by AgilityEco. With many more councils ready to join, the service has already saved residents £50,000 a year on their energy bills to date.
Working in partnership with Ofgem-accredited energy price comparison and switching service UK Power, AgilityEco’s energy switching service offers council and social housing tenants the opportunity to switch to the cheapest energy tariff across all the tariffs in the energy market. With an estimated average annual cost saving of approximately £297*, AgilityEco’s service is enabling many hard-pressed families to switch to the best energy deal available. The largest saving made by one household to date is just over £1000, using Portsmouth City Council’s energy switching site.
AgilityEco’s switching site service has also generated a new revenue stream for the local authorities and social landlords who have signed up to the switching service. For every household that makes a switch to a different supplier, a fixed commission is paid to local authorities and social landlords which is then re-invested into local community initiatives.
Jon Kimber, Managing Director, AgilityEco, said: “More and more local authorities are coming around to the idea of offering a bespoke energy switching and price comparison website instead of setting up their own energy supply business or offering (an often controversial) “white label” energy tariff. With increased obligations placed on local authorities and social landlords to reduce fuel poverty in their communities, these organisations must find innovative ways to support fuel poor and vulnerable residents. The energy switching service in Portsmouth, for example, is consistently offering ‘best value’ to families by ensuring they get the best energy deals available in the marketplace.”
*UK Power estimates the average saving that customers can expect is £297* per annum (*based on 21,152 customer switches between Jan-July 2016)