Sign up and slash energy bills 

22/01/14
Switch for a better deal

Bolton residents are being urged to sign up for an energy saving scheme which will give them a range of choices to slash their bills.

Residents are being encouraged to use join a collective energy switching scheme that could mean massive reductions to the cost of heating their homes.

Everyone who registers an interest will be given a range of different options to save money, but it is thought residents will be able to save up to £250 a year by switching energy suppliers through the scheme.

After major suppliers announced they were increasing their bills, residents are being urged to register their interest in the collective bulk buy scheme, supported by Greater Manchester councils, by visiting betterenergydeals.org.uk or calling 0800 988 2426.

A pair of similar energy switching schemes held last year meant 4,577 households were able to cut more than half a million pounds off their bills, but it is now hoped even greater savings can be made this year.

Residents need to provide basic information, such as which gas and electricity suppliers they use and how much they pay a month, to register an interest.

The organisers will hold a ‘reverse auction’ on March 4, in which energy suppliers will bid for their business by offering their best prices.

However, residents don’t have to accept this offer and they will also be given a range of alternative offers available at the time based on how much energy they use.

Although the scheme will be targeted directly at people living in Greater Manchester, it will be open to anyone in the UK to join.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: "The cost of keeping warm and rising energy prices are a concern to everyone. I would urge anyone who missed out on the previous auctions to register now and find out how much money they could save. Residents don’t even have to accept the offer so they really have nothing to lose by registering.”

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Further details
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