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Power to the People! The Big Switch & Save – cheaper energy bills supplied by people power
North Norfolk residents could save money on their energy bills thanks to a new scheme being introduced by the district council. A website ( www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk ) has been set up where residents can submit their details to be included in a ‘reverse auction’ to find the cheapest energy tariff for those householders. By grouping hundreds or even thousands of households together, it is possible to negotiate much lower energy tariffs than if an individual was changing supplier on their own. Schemes elsewhere in the country have seen residents save an average of £171 per year on their bills!
The scheme opened on 1 March, and then after the scheme closes for online applications on 8 April, energy suppliers compete in the auction to make the best offer to those customers who applied. The best deal is then offered back to those who signed up, who will then see how much they could save compared to their existing tariff, and be able to make a decision on whether to change to the new tariff. If the householder opts to change to the new tariff, the switch of supplier will be carried out automatically.
The more households that join, the stronger the bargaining power to drive down individual energy bills, so NNDC has teamed up with five other Norfolk councils under the banner of ‘The Norfolk Big Switch and Save’. You can help by spreading the word among your friends and family, but it is also possible to register up to five households on the same email address, which means neighbours and family members could help each other sign up too.
If you want to benefit from the scheme, sign-up online before 8 April via www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk
Registering is quick and easy – all you need is a recent energy bill (one year’s worth of bills for best results). For residents with no access to the internet, it is possible to apply over the phone or arrange an appointment at the council offices to get help to register call 01263 516044 for more details before the end of March.