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The Big Allerdale Switch is back to help you save money on your energy bills

2 December 2015

People across Cumbria are being encouraged to join the new Big Allerdale Switch - an established initiative which has collectively saved residents more than £33,500 on their annual gas and electricity bills this year.

Allerdale Borough Council ran the second ‘Big Allerdale Switch’ last December and householders who signed up are now seeing average savings of £262 on their utility bills. Due to the continued success of the scheme, the Council is choosing to run it for a third year with a view to saving even more people more money on their annual utility bills.

The Big Allerdale Switch is a ‘collective switching’ scheme where people group together to purchase their gas and electricity and save money. The initiative is being run by Allerdale Borough Council but anyone in the country can apply to the scheme, not just those living in the borough.

It is completely free to join, really simple to do, and residents can change their mind at any time in the process.

Allerdale Borough Council is running the switching initiative as part of the Big Community Switch, a scheme involving a number of local authorities throughout 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.

Councillor Carni McCarron Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “This is the third year that the Council has run the scheme and year on year people have been able to make considerable savings on their current energy deal. We are continuing this very successful scheme on this basis. It costs nothing at all to register your interest to switch and you could end up saving hundreds of pounds in the long run. It’s really simple - the more people who sign up, the more the potential savings may be.”

Councillor Barbara Cannon, Executive Member for Corporate Resources, added: “Tackling inequality is a key initiative in the Council’s Plan and we will continue to promote, champion and co-ordinate schemes like this to ensure people are getting the best possible value from their energy supplies. We recognise that this is a time when household costs are rising and that people are struggling to make ends meet. We need to step up and do what we can to help our residents to cut their fuel bills and reduce the fuel poverty risk for the people of Allerdale.”

The Big Allerdale Switch launches on Tuesday 1 December 2015, and registration for the scheme ends on Monday 1 February 2016. To sign up to the scheme, visit, call 01900 702888, or visit Allerdale House or any of the Council’s district offices. You will need a copy of an energy bill to hand as information will be required from it. The next auction will take place on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.

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Allerdale Borough Council
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