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Residents save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills

23 February 2015

Residents who signed up to the Big Allerdale Switch should now have found out if they are able to save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

Those who registered their details should have received an email or letter telling them individually how much they could save on their fuel bills – the average saving is a fantastic £236.

To facilitate the Switch, Allerdale Borough Council partnered with iChoosr, an expert in collective energy switching, who arranged an auction between the energy companies and agreed the deal with winning bidders E.ON and Scottish Power.

A total of 249 people registered, of which 217 qualified according to the data they provided. The percentage of people who can save money on their fuel bills is 89.96% and the average saving per household is £263.47. That’s an even better result than 2014, when householders saved an average of £166.

The Big Allerdale Switch was combined with a number of similar schemes across the UK. The collective involved 30,000 households and more than 100 local authorities.

Carni McCarron-Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Health, said: “This is great news for residents – and it’s all a result of people power. By getting large numbers of consumers together to purchase their energy at the same time, the energy providers will offer even better prices. The winning offer from E.ON isn’t available on the open market so those who decided to sign up to the Big Allerdale Switch are getting a very good deal.

“Cutting bills is a key initiative in the Council’s Reducing Poverty Strategy and we pledged to promote, champion and co-ordinate schemes to secure good value energy supplies – this is the first step to put that plan in action.”

Filip Vissers, UK Country Manager at iChoosr Ltd added: “As our collective switching schemes become better known, we are attracting more ‘Big Six’ and smaller independent suppliers to compete more aggressively for your custom. These rates are not available direct from the suppliers or via price comparison services.

“Households should not be lulled in to a false sense of security by news stories about suppliers cutting their standard rates.  There are significant savings to be made against these standard tariffs which are being reduced.”

Offer letters and emails should have arrived last week. If people have not received their offer by Tuesday 24th February, they are advised to check their email spam folders or contact iChoosr on 0800 0488285. The last day to request a new letter is Tuesday 10th March 2015. The deadline to accept the offer is Monday 16th March 2015.

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