Collective Switching

What is collective switching?

There are a number of organisations now offering collective switching. This is when consumers join together to get a better deal from their gas and electric supplier by combining their purchasing power. The idea is: the more people involved, the more negotiating power they have.

How does collective switching work?

There is no standard model for this, but generally a third party will actively negotiate a tariff on behalf of the consumers they represent. Often this takes the form of a ‘reverse auction’ where energy suppliers offer their cheapest tariff and the best deal is then offered to the customers signed up for the collective switch. Customers are informed of how much they will save and can choose whether they want to switch.

What are the benefits of collective switching?

Collective switching offers consumers a simple and hassle free process to save money on their energy bills. It takes away the hard work and confusion of searching price comparison sites to try and find the best deal. There are no fees and no obligation to switch.

For more information

DECC guide: collective switching and purchasing (PDF)

Daily Mail Article: You could save £200 on your energy bills with a collective switch


Local collective energy switching schemes

Both Adur & Worthing Councils and Crawley Borough council have set up local collective energy switching schemes to enable both local residents and residents across West Sussex to see how much they can save on their home energy bills.

Interested? Then here's what to do next...

Option 1:

Go online to the Adur & Worthing energy club or Crawley Energy Switch

Option 2:

Call in and complete an application form, you can come to:

  • Adur Civic Centre, Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 6PR
  • Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HS
  • Crawley Borough Council Town Hall The Boulevard Crawley West Sussex RH10 1UZ

Option 3:

Call on 01903 221122 (Adur and Worthing) or 01293 438000 (Crawley)​.