Bill Busters event to cut your energy costs

Corby MP Andy Sawford has organised a day called Bill Busters - where people can find out information about saving money on their energy bills

Corby MP Andy Sawford has organised a day called Bill Busters - where people can find out information about saving money on their energy bills

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Energy firms have been invited to a free event at which residents can find out how to get themselves on the best tariff and slash their bills.

The event, called Bill Busters, takes place at the Electric Corby Dome in James Ashworth Square between 10am and 3pm on Friday, October 3.

It has been organised by Corby MP Andy Sawford, who said he came up with the idea after carrying out a survey with residents earlier this year.

Mr Sawford said: “I was aware that energy prices had increased by quite a lot in recent years.

“The average energy bill has gone up by £300 a year since 2010.

“People said they wanted more information about how they could get on a better tariff and reduce their bills, but the majority had not taken any measures to do so.”

Mr Sawford said he contacted all the big energy firms to invite them along to the October event where they could speak directly to customers.

Mr Sawford said: “Most said straight away that they were interested. There was hesitation from one or two but we did point out to them that all their major competitors would be at the event.”

As well as electricity and gas firms, Anglian Water will be at the event.

The full list of those who will be there on the day includes big energy firms such as EDF, Npower, British Gas, Scottish Power and Eon, as well as smaller ones like Ovo, Electric Corby, CAB, Green Energy UK and uSwitch.

Electric Corby is a not-for-profit community interest company supported by Corby Council which aims to establish Corby as the UK’s leading practical test centre for energy-efficient living and low carbon transportation.

Mr Sawford added: “The main message I want to get across to people is that they should take the opportunity to come along and find out more.

“If, for whatever reason, people cannot make it on the day but are still interested I will be collecting the contact details of all the firms and making those available.

“I would also recommend that people who do come along bring a copy of a recent energy bill with them, so they can first of all speak to their current provider to see if they can get a better deal, and also speak to some of the other firms who will be there on the day to see what they have to say.”