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The Big Allerdale Switch returns

2 August 2016

Allerdale Borough Council is giving residents another chance to save money on their energy bills, as it launches its successful energy switching scheme, the ‘Big Allerdale Switch’.

The initiative, which will be launched on 2 August 2016, is a ‘collective energy switching’ scheme where people group together to save money on their gas and electricity bills and can be used by those on dual-fuel, separate supplier contracts or on pre-payment meters. At the last auction, held in May this year, householders saved an average of £300 on their annual energy costs.

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.

Anyone wishing to join the scheme should go online to www.allerdale.gov.uk/warmhomes by 10 October 2016 and follow the links. Full details of annual energy consumption and current supplier is needed to sign up.

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.”

Allerdale Borough Council has previously run the ‘Big Allerdale Switch’ in the winter months. However, the scheme is now being run year-round to give residents further chances to join the scheme so that householders whose energy contracts were not up for renewal in the winter are able to take advantage of the savings which 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.

In 2014, Allerdale Borough Council attracted the second highest number of registrants out of approximately 50 local authorities that took part in the scheme. Due to the success of the initial scheme, the Council is choosing to continue to run it for a third year with a view to save even more people more money on their annual utility bills.

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