RESIDENTS across Stockton-on-Tees are being encouraged to join a scheme aimed at saving money on their fuel bills.
Registration for the Big Community Switch opened today (April 10) and sees numerous energy companies compete to give customers the best deal.
The more customers signed up and registered to switch, the more competitive the deal is likely to be.
The auction will take place on May 22, and from June 4 individuals will receive a personal offer and can then make a decision whether to switch to the winning supplier before July 3.
Residents from outside the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees can only sign up for the switch until the auction.
There is no cost or obligation for residents to register or accept the personal offer received.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The Big Community Switch has proved very successful – the auction last winter saw residents save an average of £168, and since we started promoting collective switching over 1,000 households are collectively saving in excess of £180,000 a year.
“Typically our main focus for the scheme is towards the back end of the year with a ‘save money this winter’ focus.
“This year and going forward our main focus and push will be from April to July with more of an ‘energy saving isn’t just a winter issue’ message.
“Normally the summer is when energy companies can offer a better deal so we are hoping for larger savings.”
The Council has also teamed up with ‘iChoosr’ and ‘Make It Cheaper’ to help businesses or community groups secure a better energy deal.
For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch
Residents in need of support to help them register can contact the Stockton & District Advice and Information Service at Bath Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2DS (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or on 01642 633877.
They should have an annual energy statement or recent gas and electricity bill to hand when registering.