Bid to reduce energy bills in Craven

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People in Craven are being urged to sign up for a scheme to save money on energy bills.

Craven Council hopes the Big Community Switch, which it has launched with iChoosr (COR), will help households save cash on their gas and electricity bills by switching their energy provider.

People have until April 8 to sign up to the scheme which aims to reduce bills by customers joining a collective purchasing scheme, meaning households are more likely to get a better deal.

Over 25 per cent of households in Craven spend more than 10 per cent of their household income on gas and electricity.

Councillor Carl Lis, lead member for reducing carbon at Craven Council said: “Spending more than 10 per cent of your income on heating your home is an indicator of fuel poverty and more than a quarter of households in our district are in this unfortunate position.

“The cost of living continues to rise and there are also going to be changes to the benefit system coming into effect from April which will be a further squeeze on pockets.

“Launching the Big Community Switch means we can offer residents an opportunity to save money on their energy costs by working with iChoosr to collectively purchase gas and electricity. This is a simple way to help residents reduce their monthly outgoings.”

IChoosr negotiates with the energy companies on behalf of everyone who registers on the scheme via an energy auction. Following the auction anyone who has registered will be sent an offer from the winning supplier.

If the customer chooses to accept the offer, the switching process is taken care of by the energy supplier.

Households can register for the Big Community Switch at www.cravendc.gov.uk/cheaperenergybills or by calling Craven Council on 01756 700600.

IChoosr’s Bart Stevens said: “We have been active in Europe since 2008 with organising collective switching schemes with local authorities. Over 1,000,000 people have joined our schemes so far.

“We strongly believe this model is also applicable in Great Britain, where local authorities are well placed to help local residents manage their high energy bills.”