People across Cumbria are being urged to join a new initiative which could save them money on their gas and electricity bills.
The Big Allerdale Switch is a ‘collective switching’ scheme, which allows people to group together to purchase their gas and electricity and save money. The initiative, which will be launched on Tuesday 10 December, is being run by Allerdale Borough Council but is open to all – wherever you live.
Councillor Carni McCarron Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “It’s frequently the case that those people who are more in need are often paying the most for their gas and electricity. Prepay meters can be expensive and some people have limited access to the internet to shop around for the best deal or learn more about affordable warmth schemes. And because Cumbria has a high number of rural and remote properties, people are forced to purchase expensive oil and LPG to heat their homes.
“The Big Allerdale Switch will give people a better deal on their gas and electricity purely because of people power – by getting large numbers of residents together to purchase their energy en masse, the energy providers will offer far better deals. And you don’t need to live in the Allerdale borough to join our scheme – the more the merrier!
“Cutting bills is a key initiative in the Council’s Reducing Poverty Strategy and we pledged to promote, champion and co-ordinate schemes to secure good value energy supplies – this is the first step to put that plan in action.”
The Big Allerdale Switch is completely free to join, really simple to do, and, at no point in the process are residents under any obligation to change energy providers if they change their minds.
The Big Allerdale Switch is part of the Big Community Switch, a scheme involving a number of local authorities throughout Great Britain. The Big Community Switch is run by i-Choosr, an independent company which has experience in collective switching schemes. iChoosr sets up a reverse auction and invites energy suppliers to offer their cheapest dual fuel and electricity only deals.
The launch date for Big Allerdale Switch is Tuesday 10th December 2013 and there will be a roadshow under The Hub in Workington Town Centre from 11am where people can find out more. To sign up to the scheme, visit www.allerdale.gov.uk/warmhomes, call 01900 702702, or visit Allerdale House or any of the Council’s district offices. You will need a copy of an energy bill to hand as information will be required from it.