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About the community rewards
About the community rewards
Once you have completed our simple online registration form your application will need to be verified by Local United. This process is straightforward but will require us to confirm certain details about your organisation. Registration should take a maximum of two weeks but could be considerably quicker depending on the speed of your response to our questions.
The amount of money your community will receive depends entirely on the number of people in your community that sign up to the scheme. The more people that sign up the more money your community will receive. For example if you had 10 individuals within your community sign up to an energy supplier offering a £20 payment this would give your community £140; if you signed up 50 individuals on the affiliation offering £40 for dual fuel customers this can rise to £1,400 per year. You would continue to receive these payments for every year the individuals stayed with the energy supplier. As an example, a community of 750 households, Hook Norton in Oxfordshire, who have piloted this have raised more than £500 over the last year and expect this to rise to £1,000 over the next year.
Payments will be made to community groups quarterly but will be dependent on the number of sign ups within the community. If there are no sign ups during that quarter your community group will not receive any money.
When a community registers for the ethical energy supplier switching scheme we will ask the community to specify how they will provide Local United with evidence showing that the money is being spent to benefit the community as a whole.
Yes. We wish to actively encourage groups who have not yet formed a constituted organisation; this could for example be the first step to becoming a Social Venture. In these cases Local United will be able to hold money in trust for organisations until they need to use it especially if they do not have a bank account of their own. Whether or not the organisation is constituted we will ask the community to provide appropriate evidence that the funds from this scheme are used solely for community benefit.
All of the energy suppliers offer competitively priced tariffs which should ensure that you are not out of pocket just because you have opted for an ethical energy company. They don't have lots of confusing tariffs with short term deals, but instead offer competitive long term rates with clear pricing structures.
No. These payments are made by the energy company as a reward for individuals within the community switching supplier. The tariffs offered are the same cost to you as the end customer as those offered to an individual in your community signing up independently, it’s just they would miss out on the opportunity of putting funds back into their community.
No. Switching supplier will not cause an interruption in your energy supply.
All you have to do is sign up with the new energy supplier and they will inform your old supplier that you are switching.
This is dependent on which supplier you are switching to and from but usually takes in the region of three to six weeks.
Currently two out of our three ethical energy suppliers, Co-operative Energy and Good Energy, offer gas and electricity tariffs. At this time Green Energy UK does not offer gas but hopes to in the future when biogas is accepted into the national grid.
Please contact the individual energy suppliers for their policies on prepayment meters.