Ready to Switch

Ready to Switch

Northumberland has joined with other councils to offer residents and businesses the opportunity to take part in a collective purchasing scheme to help save money on gas and electricity.

About Ready to Switch

Many residents and businesses are paying more than they need to for gas and electricity.

Collective purchasing gathers together people who want to switch and pay less for energy. All you have to do is provide basic information about your current bills.

Ready to Switch organises an auction. The supplier offering the cheapest tariffs then provides a personal offer on how much money you could save by switching your energy.

You decide whether you want to accept. We make sure that your switch is easy and hassle-free. This is a free service.

Registering for ready to switch – for residents

You need to register your name, address and contact details.

You also need to register the name of your current energy supplier(s), tariff plan(s) and consumption in kWh (kilowatt-hours) or spend. This is on your energy bill or annual statement. 

Details of those who register will only be shared if they confirm they would like to switch.

Registering for ready to switch - for businesses

How does it work?

  1. Get in touch: call the free number 0800 0925562 or visit the website here and complete the call back form.
  2. Talk to an expert: you will speak with a business energy expert who can help determine when your business can switch and how much you can save (have a bill to hand).
  3. You choose: making it cheaper means exactly that. This service is free to use and free of obligations. There will be no interruption to your supply.

Ready to Switch FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about switching energy suppliers and Ready to Switch.

Is the registration really free & without obligation?
Yes, there is no obligation. The outcome of the auction is calculated and compared with the tariff you’re currently on, based on your energy consumption. You can decide whether the offer is interesting enough to switch and there is no charge, even if you decide not to.
Which suppliers will take part?
In principle, any supplier can take part. The supplier has to meet several pre-determined quality requirements to guarantee a smooth, reliable switch for the participants.

The supplier who offers the cheapest tariffs gets to offer you a new contract.
I am a resident. Can I switch through the scheme if I have a prepayment meter?
Yes, it is possible to take part with a pre-payment meter. However, you must not be more than £500 in debt to your current supplier.
I am a resident. What do I do if I don’t have an internet connection or email address?
Up to five households can be registered on the same email address. A neighbour or friend who has internet access may help you, or you can also register by phone or contact your local council customer information centre.