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People in Pocklington and Market Weighton Urged to Save Money on Energy Bills


1:25pm 29th March 2013

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been delighted with the enthusiasm for its energy switchover scheme, YORSwitch, which has been signed up to by more than 8,500 households since its launch in February and up by nearly 4,000 in the last week.

The scheme works by households registering their interest followed by an online auction between energy suppliers, with the winning supplier’s best offer made available to residents. The scheme is open to anyone, not just those residing in the East Riding.

The closing date for registrations is Monday, 8 April, with the online auction, between energy suppliers, taking place on Tuesday, 9 April.

Following the auction an offer letter will be sent out to those who registered detailing the winning energy supplier’s offer. Residents then have time to consider the offer and decide if it is right for them. If it is, then all the resident needs to do is respond to the offer letter and then the energy supplier will set up their new energy deal which is fixed for 12 months. 

With just two weeks to go until the deadline, the council is keen for even more households to sign up, as the more households that register the greater the buying power of YORSwitch and the greater the savings.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The number of people signed up for YORSwitch is the equivalent of six per cent of all the households in the East Riding and accounts for 22 per cent of the registrations nationally for the 50 or so authorities running these schemes.

“Switching energy suppliers is something that many of us never get round to doing or it can seem too daunting and complicated, but, based on the savings achieved in a similar auction, residents could save up to £400,000 in total, collectively, on their energy bills next year.

“The YORSwitch scheme makes switching energy suppliers really easy and the simplest way to register is online, with all the information you need to register available from your current energy bill.”

For further information and to register for YORSwitch, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/yorswitch or call the council’s customer service network on (01482) 393939 with a copy of your most recent energy bill to hand.


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