Officers from Breckland Council have been working hard on a scheme to get residents to sign up for the Norfolk -wide energy switch, which aims to slash energy bills for residents by as much as £171 a year.
The new joint initiative from councils across Norfolk has seen five local authorities establish a dedicated Collective Energy Switching programme on an initial one year basis, to get people to join together in a collective bulk-buying group.
Residents can sign up from 1 March by visiting www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk from the comfort of their own home. If you don’t have access to the internet you can sign up by calling 01362 656870 or pop into one of the Council’s customer service centres where staff will be able to hep you. People will need a recent energy bill, an annual statement is best. Anyone can sign up to save but, there’s no obligation to go ahead. Once the auction is completed everybody will be informed of how much they could save. If it turns out you are one of the very few who are already on a lower tariff you simply don’t swap.
At the start of April, the group of councils will go to auction with details of those wanting a cheaper deal on electricity and gas from energy companies.
The Norfolk Big Switch and Save programme will build upon work undertaken by Norwich City Council which signed up 1768 residents for an auction on 26 November 2012. The average saving from that auction was £171 with one lucky household seeing a reduction of over £501 per year!
The news comes after surging energy costs have led to calls from charities, consumer groups and local authorities to urge Norfolk residents to take control of their fuel bills.
The new scheme is due to be launched at 11am on Friday, 1 March, in Nelson Place Dereham and people can sign up on the street if they have their most recent energy bill with them or get further information and help from Council Officers who will be on hand to answer any questions.
Leader of Breckland Council, William Nunn said;
“This is a great step forward and will show the people of Breckland that when local authorities work together we can make a difference to their lives. This scheme could potentially benefit every single person that signs up.
“We recognise that right now everything seems to be going up whilst jobs are being lost and wage increases are at a standstill. It’s not an easy time for anyone right now but this collective energy deal may just ease things a little for those struggling to make ends meet.”
Deadline to sign up to the Big Switch and Save is Monday 8 April.