This week, in support of National Energy Saving Week, Basildon Council joined forces with fellow Beam Energy partner Barking and Dagenham Council to meet pupils at Henry Green Primary School who were taking part in a zero-electricity hour.

Decorative image showing Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Gavin Callaghan shaking hands with the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council Councillor Darren Rodwell alongside pupils from Henry Green Primary School in DagenhamThe partnership with not-for-profit energy provider Beam Energy means that both councils can offer green and renewable energy, using electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels to residents. Beam Energy offers an alternative to the Big Six energy companies who have between them around 75% of the market and could save up to £152 per household compared to an average of the big six energy suppliers.

Leader of Basildon Council Councillor Gavin Callaghan, said: "Basildon Council's partnership with Beam Energy offers real benefits to our residents, providing a cost effective, renewable, not-for-profit alternative.

"Being able to keep prices low will benefit the 6,500 households across the borough officially in fuel poverty, which is particularly severe for the most vulnerable members of our community.

"Simple changes such as switching your energy supplier can make a big difference. We're encouraging residents to get a quote; it takes less than two minutes and could save you money."

Basildon Council also hosted free energy advice sessions at the Advice Store St Martin's Square this week, run by charity Signpost and sponsored by the National Citizen Advice team.

Anyone who wants to see how much they could save can visit or freephone 0800 953 4555.

Published on Friday 24 January 2020