Time ticking for East Northants residents wishing to save money on bills with new switching scheme

An average of �300 was saved in iChoosr's last auction.

An average of �300 was saved in iChoosr's last auction.

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Home owners and tenants in East Northamptonshire have until February 1 to save money on their energy bills with the latest collective switching scheme.

East Northamptonshire Council has teamed up with leading collective switching expert, iChoosr, to take part in the Big Community Switch in a bid to help residents get a better deal on their gas and electricity.

The free scheme, known as ‘Switch Save Smile,’ invites tentants to join forces and pay less for their gas and electricity.

The more people who register, the greater the chance of getting a competitive energy deal.

In February, energy suppliers will be invited to take part in the auction to bid against each other to offer the best deal.

The cheapest tariff offered will win, and everyone registered for the scheme will then be sent details of how much money they could save, together with a no-obligation offer to switch.

An average of £300 was saved per household in iChoosr’s last auction.

Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for the scheme, even if they don’t live in East Northamptonshire.

The quickest and easiest way to register is online, with those wishing to register needing their annual energy statement (or any other gas/electricity bill) for information about their existing tariff and consumption.

Registration must be completed by February 1.

Suppliers will then tailor offers to specific households, which can be accepted or rejected - if they are accepted, iChoosr take care of the entire switching process.

East Northamptonshire Council leader, Steven North, said: “The Big Community Switch is a hassle-free way of making sure you’re getting a good deal from your energy supplier.

“Lots of people haven’t got time to compare tariffs or find the whole process quite daunting.

“But with iChoosr all you need to do is register, which takes less than 10 minutes, and then let them do all the hard work for you.”

Karen Pell, interim environmental protection manager at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “130 households have registered so far and I’d like to see even more people making the most of this opportunity.

“The greater the sign up, the greater the savings could be.

“I’ve registered and I’m excited to find out just how much we could all save.”

Sign up sessions will be held in Thrapston, Oundle and Irthlingborough for people who would like face-to-face help.

Anyone can drop in to register at Thrapston Library on January 19 (10am-12pm), Oundle Library on January 20 (10am-12pm) and Irthlingborough Library on January 20 (1pm-3pm).

For more information and/or to register, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/smile or call 01832 742121.