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Residents encouraged to switch and save on energy bills

West Berkshire Council scheme saves residents £40,000

Council tax set to rise by four per cent from April

WEST Berkshire residents have saved more than £40,000 on their gas and electricity bills through a collective energy-switching scheme.

And there’s now another chance to sign up.

The council launched a scheme earlier this year, which saw 257 people register.

They received a quote based on their household’s energy use and 116 people opted for the offered tariff – saving an average of £348.18 on their annual bill.

In total, 95 per cent of the 257 people who signed up were able to save money. 

The council’s executive for communities and public protection, Marcus Franks (Con, Speen), said: “Hundreds of pounds have been saved by residents who took part in our first energy switch at a time when household finances continue to be squeezed.

“This is fantastic news for those who took part and shows the benefits of residents joining forces to negotiate better energy tariffs.

“I’m pleased that the council has been able to use its position to help introduce and run the scheme in West Berkshire.

“I took part in the first auction and saw for myself how simple it was to sign up and how much money could be saved on energy bills.

“Now that we’re launching our second energy auction, I hope more people will join in and see just how much they could save.”

Residents have another chance to sign up and save as the council has launched a new auction.

Registration is open until midnight on October 10 by going to www.westberks.gov.uk/ communityswitch.

Alternatively call (01635) 503267 on Tuesdays from 10am to noon, and on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm, from Tuesday, August 23.

Residents have until Tuesday, November 29, to accept the offer made to them.

The free-to-join Big Community Switch scheme negotiates prices with energy companies on behalf of local residents.

Residents can register their interest in the scheme before a competitive process to find the best deal for the group.

Those who have registered their interest will then be made an offer showing how much they could save by switching.

Those who register can consider the offer before deciding whether or not to switch suppliers. There is no obligation to switch.

However, residents are advised to check with their current provider with regards to whether they would have to pay a charge for terminating their current contract.

The amount of money that can be saved will vary and there is no guarantee that an offer will be the cheapest.

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  • Oldmoaner

    23/08/2016 - 12:12

    A service used by 0.3% of West Berkshire Households at what expense to the council tax payers and what other services have we lost to provide this. This is a service that national government has already spent millions on and advertised to the hilt. Get this person filling potholes or looking after needy old folk. It is not West Berkshire Councils job, but then it saves making decisions.

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  • NewburyResident

    23/08/2016 - 08:08

    Do the council get a percentage too? If so how can we be sure that the best deal for residents is chosen rather than the one that fills the council's coffers.

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