Stockton Council is once again inviting residents to find out more about a collective energy switch which could see them significantly reduce their gas and electricity bills.
The Big Community Switch will see people join together to form a single, powerful buying unit to negotiate cheaper energy costs.
This is the third time the Council has worked with delivery partners ‘iChoosr’ and ‘Make It Cheaper’ to host the collective switching scheme.
Residents will be able to register for the scheme from today (Tuesday 2 September) until midnight on Monday 13 October.
After that the Big Community Switch organises an auction, and the supplier offering the best tariff will be able to offer residents a new contract. After the auction residents will receive a personal offer and can see how much money they can save. There is no cost to register and no obligation to accept the personal offer. The Big Community Switch will ensure the switch is easy and hassle free.
Councillor David Rose, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "We are committed to doing all we can to reduce fuel poverty, and this includes finding different ways to help people get cheaper bills.
“When we ran the collective switch scheme last year more than 2000 people signed up and from this around 230 residents switched energy supplier. The average saving for a dual fuel customer was £165 but for some people who had not switched before the savings achieved were much larger with one resident saving £524 per year.
“I’m really pleased that we are able to offer residents another opportunity to join forces and make a collective approach to the energy market. It’s a great opportunity for businesses and community groups to get on board too and the more people who sign up, the bigger the buying unit to attract lower prices from competing suppliers.”
People without internet access, or who would like some help in the process can also register in Stockton and District Advice and Information Service, Horizon Centre, 1 Bridge Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1BH (01642) 615834.
The Big Community Switch is open to all householders (including those in rented accommodation and those using a prepayment meter), tenants, small businesses and community groups. For more information and to apply on line visit www.stockton.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch