Residents looking to save money on their energy bills have just one week left to register their interest in Swindon’s first ever collective energy switching scheme, and over 15,000 families across the country have registered in the first four weeks.
Run in partnership with ichoosr, the Swindon Community Energy Switch scheme works by using the combined buying power of thousands of residents to negotiate cheaper prices with energy companies. Instead of switching energy provider as an individual, residents register to switch and save money as a combined large group to achieve economies of scale. The scheme is available to any household in the country to help achieve the best possible savings for Swindon residents.
Simply register online www.swindon.gov.uk/energyswitch – the process is quick, easy and, most importantly, there is no obligation to accept the offer. Alternatively, people can visit the Council’s One-Stop-Shop in Beckhampton Street.
Registration closes on Monday, 3 June 2013, when energy suppliers will be asked by ichoosr to compete to make the best offer in a ‘reverse auction’, which means the lowest price wins.
The more people who express an interest, the more likely better tariffs will be achieved. Although the level of savings cannot be guaranteed, bills can expect to be cut between £60 and £300 per household.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: "In the last couple of weeks, there has been yet more news of gas and electricity price hikes in the pipeline, so this sort of scheme is a vital way to help local residents manage the rising costs of living and we are doing everything we can to make it a success.
“I would urge anyone who wants to reduce their gas and electricity bills to register their interest for our Swindon Community Energy switch campaign – you really have nothing to lose because you are under no obligation to sign up and it is free if you can accept the offer.
“The scheme has been far more successful that we thought it would be. Hundreds of Swindon families signed up in the first 24 hours and over 15,000 people are now taking part.
“The good thing about the scheme is that anyone can register because the more people who register the better, so if you live outside of the borough in Wootton Bassett, Cirencester or Chippenham you can be involved and save money too.
“The clock is ticking for the deadline, and it only takes a few minutes to register so there is still time. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family so they can also benefit!”