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14/03/2013 - Another chance to save money on your energy bills

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Money saving

Luton residents have been given another opportunity to join a collective energy switching scheme that could mean massive reductions to the cost of heating their homes.

The collective ‘Ready to switch?’ scheme encourages communities to use their potential bulk buying power to get a better deal for themselves on energy prices.
 
The scheme works by means of a reverse auction where energy suppliers will be invited to bid the lowest price to supply the energy to all those signed up for the scheme. Residents will then be sent a no obligation offer to switch provider at lower energy rates.
 
More than 500 Luton households signed up to the first round of the scheme and they were all sent offers from three separate energy companies which will save them an average of £120 a year.
 
A second auction is taking place in April and we want as many households as possible to sign up and benefit from cheaper energy prices.
 
To help ensure more households can benefit from the scheme, the Council is holding a series of ‘Ready to Switch’ information sessions in libraries and community centres across the borough where residents can find out more and sign up.
 
The information and sign up sessions are as follows:
  • Leagrave Library - 19 March, 10am-1pm
  • Bury Park Library/Community Centre – 19 March, 2-6pm
  • Stopsley Library - 20 March, 2.30-6pm
  • Dallow Community Centre – 22 March, 10am–1pm
  • Marsh Farm Library - 25 March, 9am-1pm
  • Central Library – 2 April, 10am-4pm
  • Lewsey Library - 4 April, 2-6pm
  • Wigmore Library – 5 April, 9.30am–1pm
  • Farley Community Centre – 5 April, 1-4pm
To sign up, residents must bring a current energy bill with them. Council officers will be at each session assisting residents to fill out the registration form. 
 
People can still register online by following this link.  The cut off for registration is 8 April.
 
Pam Garraway, Corporate Director for Housing and Community Living, said: “This latest spell of freezing weather has reminded us all how expensive it can be to heat our homes. There are no strings attached to this scheme and 500 Luton households are already benefiting from cheaper energy.
 
“We know some people missed out in the first round either because they didn’t have access to the Internet or wanted to find out a bit more about it first. This is why we are holding these registration sessions. I encourage as many people as possible to come along as more people signing up will drive better deals for residents.”
 
The Council joined the ‘Ready to Switch?’ initiative, which is a partnership with 12 other authorities across the country, due to rising energy prices and increasing numbers of local households experiencing fuel poverty.
 
For more information call 01582 54 67 89.