Money-saving scheme making a difference

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A nationwide money-saving scheme supported by North East Lincolnshire Council and its partner ENGIE has saved more than 100 local residents money on their energy bills in the last round.

The Big Community Switch has helped more than 420,000 people nationwide to save money and switch providers.

The deadline for the next round of the scheme is 15 May 2016 and households wanting to register need to visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/TheBigCommunitySwitch and follow the signing up instructions.

An auction is held after the 15 May deadline where energy companies bid to supply the massive pool of potential customers that have signed up.

It’s free to sign up and there’s no obligation to accept any the offers from the winning energy providers so people have nothing to lose.

Debra Fox, North East Lincolnshire Council Home Energy Officer, said:

Even in the warmed months, local residents can find themselves hit with high energy bills.

Fridges, fans, games consoles and microwave ovens are among the highest energy consumers, and can be very expensive to run.

In the past, people have saved between £60 and £200 a year on their energy bills through the Big Community Switch.

Those who do not have access to the internet can seek assistance at their local library or Family Hub. If you are intending to sign up using one of these locations, don’t forget to take along a recent gas and electricity bill. Families and friends may also be able to reap the benefits, as up to five separate addresses are able to be registered under one email address.

You can register now at www.nelincs.gov.uk/TheBigCommunitySwitch or for more details call the Home Energy Team on 01472 326296 (option 5).

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