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Join the community saving big on energy bills

Published
30.12.2016

The Big Community Switch, supported by Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), has started again to help people save money on their gas and electricity bills in the New Year.

Since the launch of the Big Community Switch, over 1,100 homes have switched and benefited from average annual savings of £250 on the energy bill.

GCC support the scheme by getting a large number of people together and then finds a better deal than one person looking to switch alone.

With over 250,000 households in Gloucestershire, a huge number of people could benefit.

The Big Community Switch is open to electricity and gas users, including those with pre-payment meters, which are installed in households so that people can keep a closer eye on how much they spend on bills using a top up card to pay for fuel.

However it has been recognised by the Competition and Markets Authority that pre-payment customers are paying more than those on standard variable tariffs.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We are continuing to support this scheme as we know the process of switching can often put people off.

"The last auction was really successful with 530 people registering. I have no doubt that the Big Community Switch scheme will continue to save people money on their energy bills, so why not start the new year by registering to find out if you could be saving money."

The Big Community Winter Switch is open now. Residents can register online atwww.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitchOpens new window or by phoning the council on 01452 425 757 between 8.30am and 5pm from Monday - Friday. You can also find out more information at your local library. Registration will be easier if you have a recent energy bill to hand.

By registering your interest you are under no obligation to switch supplier. Residents need to register their interest with the Big Community Switch by 13th February at the latest.

 

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