Eastleigh Borough Council are encouraging householders to sign up for the Switch Hampshire scheme, which aims to help householders save money on energy bills by switching collectively.
The Borough Council say, in their press release;
With fuel costs rising and continued pressure on household budgets, Borough residents have two weeks left to sign up for a collective energy switching scheme that could save them money on their gas and electric bills.
Eastleigh, along with all other Councils in Hampshire, is supporting the Switch Hampshire initiative which allows gas and electricity consumers to combine their purchasing power and get a better deal on bills.
Hundreds of Borough residents have already registered for the scheme that is free and simple to do. All you need is your current tariff and energy use in terms of power (KWh) or cost. This information should be included on your annual energy statements or you can find out from your energy provider.
There is no obligation to switch and the secure scheme is backed by Hampshire County Council. Each household could save between £60 to £200 a year on energy bills by joining the scheme. People can register until 3 June 2013, either online or by calling 01962 846828 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm).
After the closing date, Switch Hampshire will begin negotiations with energy providers to secure the best deals on the strength of this collective buying power. There is no obligation to switch energy supplier – Switch Hampshire will notify everyone who has registered about the best energy tariffs available to them and manage the process if they do decide to switch.
Access to cheaper energy can have significant benefits to those on low incomes, the elderly and families in fuel poverty, including making a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. It can also offer an opportunity for greater savings for those who rely on electricity for heating and cooking because they are not connected to a mains gas supply.
Nationally, collective energy switching is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Local Government Association and consumer groups including Consumer Focus.