Time nearly up for energy switching

A collective energy purchasing scheme designed to help Northumberland residents to reduce their bills is open for registration.

Ready To Switch was launched by Northumberland County Council in December 2012 and more than 10,000 households have registered, saving an average of £100 a year on energy bills.

It works by enabling residents to combine as a single unit to negotiate cheaper bills, with suppliers taking part in an auction where the one offering the cheapest tariff is able to approach participants with a new contract.

Personal letters and emails are sent to those who have registered, detailing the savings they will make against their current deals. There is no obligation to accept, but the new provider will take care of everything on their behalf.

Registration for the next round is open until Monday and customers of the earlier rounds need to register again if they wish to take part. People will need to give their name, address and contact details, as well as details of their energy consumption.

Customers who get give five or more friends and family members to join the auction via a unique email link will be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s free electricity and gas.

County Policy Board Member for Planning, Housing and Regeneration Alan Hepple said: “With our Ready To Switch prize draw then you have even more of an incentive to take part.”

Those participating in the scheme will receive offers from October 24 and have until November 24 to decide whether or not to switch.

To register visit www.readytoswitch.co.uk or call 0845 600 6400.