Utilita Energy welcomes 100,000th customer
Published by Rebecca Jackson for Acceleris Marketing Communications in Housing and also in Communities
Tenant Anthony Gavin with his smart meter installers
Utilita Energy, the leading energy supplier, specialising in Smart meter technology is celebrating a landmark achievement after welcoming its 100,000th customer.
Northwards Housing tenant Anthony Gavin is the latest customer to sign up to monitor his energy using one of Utilita’s smart meters, which could save Northwards tenants more than £25,000 a year.
Mr Gavin signed up to Utilita after seeing his mother and sister benefit from using a Utilita smart meter. To welcome him as their 100,000th customer, Utilita have credited his account with £200, which Mr Gavin says will last him nearly 12 months.
Mr Gavin said: “I signed up to Utilita after seeing an advert in the Northwards magazine (Northwards Natter). Using a smart meter will help me to see my energy usage and save me money in the process, and hopefully reduce my carbon footprint.”
Northwards Housing works in partnership with Community Switch to help tenants monitor their energy usage and maximise savings for residents. The housing provider carries out regular behavioural surveys to monitor tenants’ energy usage as part of a long-term strategy to save energy and money.
Community Switch contacts residents to encourage them to compare energy prices and consider switching to a better deal.
Elliot Simm from Northwards Housing stated: “From February to the end of March, 659 Northwards residents had switched using Community Switch, saving more than £33,000 on their energy bills. This can be critical in keeping residents out of fuel poverty and to allow money to be spent within the local community. We continue to work with our residents and Community Switch to maximise savings within our communities.
“Of those tenants, 579 residents have switched to Utilita smart meters, saving on average more than £25,000 or £43 per person per year”.
Utilita Managing Director, Bill Bullen, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Gavin as a new customer. We know he will soon begin to see the benefits of being a Utilita customer and are confident this will help him monitor his energy usage efficiently and in turn reduce his energy bills.
“All our customers are important to us, which is why we have features including Friendly and Emergency Credit. Making life easier for customers is at the heart of our company values and we will continue to offer the most competitive rates with features targeted at tackling fuel poverty and reducing energy wastage”.
Utilita is the first energy supplier to focus solely on the needs of prepayment customers and has developed a range of user friendly ways to pay-as-you-go. Customers get a smart meter installed to help them monitor their energy usage and reduce their household bills and can benefit from Emergency and Friendly Credit to ensure they do not get cut off during evenings or bank holidays, allowing time to top-up.