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Residents could save money with the Big Allerdale Switch

10 April 2017

Residents across Allerdale are being encouraged to sign up to the latest round of the ‘Big Allerdale Switch’ initiative, which has been rolled out for spring 2017 to help even more people save money on their energy bills.

The ‘collective energy switching’ scheme groups people together to help them save money on their gas and electricity bills and is open to those on dual-fuel, separate supplier contracts or on pre-payment meters.

During the most recent auction held in February this year, householders in the borough saved an average of £120 on their annual energy costs and more than 75% of those who signed up were able to save money. This puts Allerdale in the top third of the authorities who participate in iChoosr’s Big Community Switch initiative. 

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. To join the scheme, visit and follow the links. Full details of annual energy consumption and current supplier is needed to sign up.

The deadline to register is Monday 22 May 2017 and the next auction will be take place on Tuesday 23 May 2017. Residents will then be informed of how much they can save should they decide to switch.

Graeme Wilson, Allerdale Borough Council’s Head of Housing and Health, said: “Due to the popularity of the scheme, the Council is running the Big Allerdale Switch for the fourth year. During this time people have been able to make considerable savings on their current energy deal, so we are delighted to be able to continue this very successful scheme for residents. It costs nothing at all to register your interest and you could end up saving hundreds of pounds in the long run.

“Tackling inequality is a key priority for the Council and we will continue to offer schemes like this to ensure people are getting the best possible value out there. We recognise that this is a time when household costs are rising and we will strive to 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 scheme year-round to reach all residents whose contracts are up for renewal at different times throughout the year, so everyone can benefit from the savings that may be on offer.

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.

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Allerdale Borough Council
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CA14 3YJ