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More Than 700 Sign Up to York Scheme to Cut £158 Off Energy Bills


7:46am 4th March 2014

More than 700 people have signed up to the energy switching scheme in York, which could lead to average savings of £158 on their gas and electricity bills.

The council partnered with energy switching expert’s iChoosr to make it easy and simple for residents to consider switching their energy tariffs. Residents had from December 10 until February 17 to sign up to the scheme.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “I am pleased that an exceptional amount of residents have signed up to the energy switch scheme, which could, if people choose to switch, lead to a better deal for all those involved.

The scheme in York has been combined with a number of  similar initiatives around the UK, to create a collective of over 36,000 households wanting lower energy tariffs.

On behalf of the 36,000 households, an auction was held with both large and small energy suppliers taking part. After the auction a range of market leading and new tariffs were secured for the collective. There were four ‘winners’ in this auction who will supply a range of contracts: Ovo Energy, Scottish Power, newcomer Green Star Energy and British Gas.

From 28 February, residents who registered for the scheme in York will receive their personal offer letter or email letting them know if they’ll be saving against their current energy deal – and if so how much money will be going back into their pocket.

There is no obligation for people to accept their personal offer, but if they do it’s easy and straightforward.  In York, the highest average saving was for dual fuel online paper billing customers who stand to save on average £209.

The offer letters will begin to be sent out this week which is also Climate Week, Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

Climate Week this year comes at a time when energy prices, and the strain on household budgets, is on the increase and so the new collective switching scheme’s new tariffs may provide welcome relief for many. However, the Council is also encouraging everyone in York to save money in their homes by saving energy.

A typical household could save between £45 and £80(EST 2014)a year just by remembering to turn off appliances left on standby. By using less energy, we can also help the city reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted annually and help globally tackle future climate change.

For local support, grants and advice on how to save energy in your home visit http://www.york.gov.uk/energyefficiency 

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