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Switching scheme delivers savings for residents

Fenland households who signed up to the latest round of a free energy switching service will save an average of £250 off their annual energy bill.

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Fenland District Council partnered with collective energy switching expert iChoosr for the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch, a scheme which aims to reduce residents' gas and electricity bills through the power of bulk buying.

Almost 100 households in the district signed up to the scheme before an online auction between energy suppliers was held earlier this month.

The winners of the auction, SSE and Boost energy, will now supply a range of energy tariffs to residents who accept their offers. The rates are exclusive to residents switching through the scheme and not available direct from the suppliers or via price comparison websites.

But don't worry if you didn't register, as the registration period for the current round has been extended. Residents can still access the energy deals by signing up before Tuesday, November 28, at: www.fenland.gov.uk/energyswitch

Councillor Mike Cornwell, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: "The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch gives residents the opportunity to join together and use their collective bargaining power to bid for better prices for gas and electricity.

"There are many people who are paying far too much for their energy and haven't changed suppliers in many years, if ever. Now is the ideal time for residents, especially those on standard tariffs, to switch as wholesale energy prices are likely to continue to increase in the coming weeks. It's not too late to register for the scheme and see if you can secure a good rate for the year ahead.

"I registered for the scheme myself and am eagerly waiting to find out how much I can save. I have never changed my supplier before because I thought it was too much hassle but I found the registration requirement simple and am looking to make a reasonable saving.

"The next stage of our fuel saving work is for those residents who have to use bottled gas or oil to see if we can arrange bulk purchase deals to help them as well."

Fenland residents were among 674 households in Cambridgeshire to register for the latest round of the scheme. The scheme was combined with a number of other similar initiatives around the UK, to create a collective of more than 34,000 households driven by more than 50 local authorities.

George Frost, iChoosr UK Country Manager, commented: "Council-run collective switching schemes provide a safe and easy route for householders to engage with the energy market and will continue to do so."

Article added: October 27, 2017