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Residents to save thanks to Big Allerdale Switch scheme

7 March 2014

Householders who signed up for the Big Allerdale Switch scheme could save an average of £166 per household following an auction between energy companies.

The Big Allerdale Switch was run by Allerdale Borough Council as part of the Big Community Switch, and allowed people to group together to purchase their gas and electricity and save money. The Big Community Switch was run by iChoosr, an independent company, which has experience in collective switching schemes.

This is the seventh such collective auction to be held in the UK since a pilot with South Lakeland District Council in 2012. A total of 1020 people registered via Allerdale Borough Council – the second highest number of all the individual local authorities taking part.

As collective switching schemes become better known they are attracting a mixture of ‘Big Six’ and smaller independent suppliers to the table.  There were four ‘winners’ in this auction who will supply a range of contracts: Ovo Energy, Scottish Power, newcomer Green Star Energy and British Gas.

Residents will soon get their personal offer letters or emails letting them know if they’ll be saving against their current deal – and if so how much money will be going back into their pockets. There is no obligation for people to accept their personal offer, but if they do it’s easy and straightforward and the new provider will take care of the whole process.  Any residents that have not received their personal offer by 11 March 2014 they should contact iChooser on 0800 0488285 or email bigcommunityswitch@ichoosr.com by 24 March at the latest.

In total, 85% of people who registered for the scheme could save on their energy bills if they choose to switch.   

Councillor Carni McCarron Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “This comes at a time when energy prices and the strain on household budgets is on the increase and so will be a welcome relief for many.

“Cutting bills is a key initiative in the Council’s Reducing Poverty Strategy so it’s fantastic that such a high number of households can make savings on their energy bills.” 

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