Save Money On Your Energy Bills
There’s still time to join in Swindon’s collective switching scheme
If energy bills are sending a chill down your spine and you’re looking to save cash after Christmas, it’s worth giving Swindon’s collective switching scheme a try.
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, run in partnership with ichoosr. To register interest, simply go online to www.swindon.gov.uk/energyswitch
So far more than 9,000 people have already registered interest in the collective switching scheme overall, which Swindon Borough Council is participating in to try and save residents money on their energy bills.
Swindon took part in its first scheme last March and it resulted in hundreds of families saving an average of £72 a year on their bills.
A resident from Stratton, signed up and certainly hasn’t looked back.
She said: “It pays to shop around for everything these days and I’ve switched my energy provider quite a few times already. But after reading about it in the Adver, I decided to give it another go and am glad I did now. There weren’t any complicated forms to fill in – I just went online and it was all done for me.
“I’m saving about a tenner a month, which is more money in my pocket and means I’m not paying through the nose for things. I’ve told my sisters about it too, as everyone is facing higher bills these days and you’ve got to keep a close eye on things to find the best deal.”
People don’t even have to live in the Borough to take part and the more who register, the greater the potential savings. A resident from Highworth, also joined in the last scheme and was surprised by how easy it was to switch.
He said: “I’ve switched occasionally in the past and it proved a real nightmare, but this one was totally different. It was so smooth it was unbelievable. I went for it initially because there was no obligation and prices are always going up. It’s a good job I did because we’re saving well over £100 over the year. I would highly recommend it and have already been telling others about it.”
Cllr Dale Heenan, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, said: “It’s great hearing stories of residents who switched with the last scheme and are enjoying the benefits. People are feeling the pinch after Christmas so now is the perfect time to take a look at your household budget and see where savings can be made without any loss. The collective switching scheme is a proven way to shave pounds off your energy bills and hopefully give you that lovely warm feeling of having made a worthwhile saving. You don’t have to accept the offer, so there really is nothing to lose and lots of potential to gain without any extra effort.”
Anyone without internet access can visit the Council’s One Stop Shop on Beckhampton Street or call: 01793 445500 to express their interest.
Registration closes on 17 February 2014 and energy providers then compete in a ‘reverse auction’ process, meaning those with the cheapest tariffs are selected and will contact registrants with their proposed new deal. The Customer, who is under no obligation, then decides whether they want to switch supplier for electricity or gas, or both