Cut your energy bills with Swindon’s 2nd energy switch
Beat energy price hikes and sign up for Swindon’s second switching scheme
As winter begins to bite, Swindon today (Tuesday, 10 December) launches its second collective switching scheme in a bid to help residents save money on their energy bills.
More than 120 people have already pre-registered to take part in the scheme, which last time helped hundreds of families to save an average of £72 a year on their bills. To register interest, simply go online to www.swindon.gov.uk/
The big six gas and electricity providers have all recently announced price increases so there has never been a better time to try and get a better deal by joining in the initiative, which is run in partnership with ichoosr.
Colin Smith took part in Swindon’s first switching scheme and stands to save more than £200 a year, having successfully changed providers.
The 53-year-old carer, from Wroughton, said: “I’m delighted because I can finally understand my bills – and am making big savings too. This scheme is really positive because energy bills are so complicated and extortionate these days. We had been needlessly paying extra on a higher tariff for years before this came along and helped us get a far better deal.”
Colin lives with his wife Gabriella, a speech and language therapist assistant, aged 53, his mother Brenda, aged 83, and their four dogs.
He said: “We now pay a set monthly fee, which means we have built up some savings to offset the winter. We’re well on track to save £200 a year – probably more, which is fantastic and at last we have clear, simple bills instead of being ripped off and confused. It has really taken the pressure off our finances and there’s no anxiety over a massive bill landing on the doormat for Christmas.”
The scheme works by using the combined buying power of residents from the Borough and across the country to negotiate cheaper prices with energy companies. Rather than switching provider as an individual, residents register to switch and save as a large group all at the same time to achieve economies of scale. You don’t even have to live in the Borough to take part.
Swindon took part in its first switching scheme in April and more than 750 people signed up during the registration period. The more people who express an interest, the more likely better tariffs will be achieved. Although the level of savings cannot be guaranteed, previous participants in the scheme have seen their bills drop by between £60 and £300.
People can continue registering interest until 17 February, 2014, when the auction closes. Anyone without internet access can visit the Council’s One Stop Shop on Beckhampton Street to express their interest.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: “This is practical action that all 90,000 households in Swindon can take today to cut their gas and electricity bills. Nearly 70% of those who signed up last time were able to freeze or cut their energy bills six months ago, and I really hope Swindon can repeat this success. It is completely free and without obligation, so no-one has got anything to lose by signing up.”
Press release from Swindon Borough Council