New Year, New Energy Costs

Residents across Allerdale are being encouraged to sign up to the latest ‘Big Allerdale Switch’ initiative this winter, which has been rolled out for the New Year to help people save money on their energy bills.

During the most recent auction held in October 2016, householders in the borough saved an average of £223 on their annual energy costs. The ‘collective energy switching’ scheme groups people together to help them save money on their gas and electricity bills and can be used by those on dual-fuel, separate supplier contracts or on pre-payment meters.

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 actually switch energy providers if they decide to change their minds.

Anyone wishing to join the scheme should register online by Monday 13 February 2017 by visiting www.allerdale.gov.uk/warmhomes and follow the links. Full details of annual energy consumption and current supplier is needed to sign up.

The next auction will be held on Tuesday 14 February 2017 and residents will then be informed of how much they can save should they decide to switch.

Councillor Carni McCarron Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “This is the fourth year that the Council has run the scheme and year on year people have been able to make considerable savings on their current energy deal, so we are delighted to be able to continue offering this opportunity to residents. It costs nothing at all to register your interest to switch and you could end up saving hundreds of pounds in the long run. It’s really simple – the more people who sign up, the more the potential savings may be.”

Councillor Barbara Cannon, Executive Member for Corporate Resources, added: “One of the Council’s main priorities is tackling inequality, and so we will continue to promote, champion and co-ordinate schemes like this to ensure people are getting the best possible value from their energy supplies. We recognise that following the Christmas period purse strings are tight and people often struggle to make ends meet. We will therefore do what we can to help our residents to cut their fuel bills and reduce the fuel poverty risk for the people of Allerdale.”

Allerdale Borough Council is running the switching initiative as part of the Big Community Switch, a scheme involving a number of local authorities throughout Great Britain. The Big Community Switch is operated by i-Choosr, an independent company with experience in collective switching schemes. It works by setting up a reverse auction and inviting energy suppliers to offer their cheapest dual fuel and electricity only deals.