Please note that some of our council tax services will not be available today and over the weekend. You will be unable to report a move, set up a Direct Debit or view your online account. Normal service should resume on Monday.
Save money on household energy bills!
We are offering a free quarterly collective switching scheme to give Colchester residents the opportunity to register and potentially benefit from cheaper bills for gas and electricity through collective buying power.
So far we have saved residents over £259,682 on their fuel bills with over 3,640 Colchester residents taking part in Colchester's Big Community Switch. Those saying 'yes' to switching energy provider after receiving their offer will be paying on average £223 less for their home energy bill over the next year.
Sign up for free
To sign up for free, all you need is access to a computer, a recent energy bill and an email address.
If you do not have a personal email address, you may use a friend or family member's but you may prefer to take the time to set up your own as there will be direct communication from the switching scheme company keeping you informed of progress during the process.
Take part in the next auction
The following Auction 'winter 2018' is closed
Missed the last auction date?
Don't worry! Residents are now able to register after the auction has closed! As long as you live within the Council area, all you need to do is register as normal, following the 'sign up for free' link above, and you will receive an offer instantly! Try it today and you could save ££££'s on your energy costs!
For more information about the Big Community Switch please call the councils 24 hour automated information line on 01206 507555
Your local Zone Team can also provide further information about registering for the Big Community Switch as well as provide you with more energy saving tips. If you need some extra help please pop into a 'Coffee and Chat' morning with your local Zone Warden, especially if you are an older person, have problems accessing a computer or have a disability and think you will find registering difficult. To find out when the next 'Coffee and Chat' event is in your area just get in touch with your local zone team.
Information update for residents that took part in the last auction:
If you have more questions about the Big Community Switch read our FAQ's or go to ichoosr FAQs.
Residents on Oil
Collective buying of Heating Oil
If you use heating oil and would like to find out more about local collective buying schemes in your area please visit the Essex RCCE for more information.
Not an Oil buying scheme in your area?
If there is not a scheme running in your area you could consider becoming a Volunteer Coordinator which means potentially you can make further savings.