Collection energy scheme will help

With the registration deadline fast approaching, I am appealing to your readers to find out more about a new scheme designed to help them reduce their soaring home energy costs.

Approximately 10,000 people in North Tyneside – and 142,000 in the region – live in fuel poverty, meaning they can’t keep their homes warm enough at a reasonable cost, given their income. This is 142,000 too many.

A huge number of people have never switched energy supplier and have therefore potentially lost out on savings that could have been made by changing over to another company.

So that’s why North Tyneside Council is signposting residents to a collective energy scheme, to help them to get the best possible deal for their gas and electricity bills.

Collective energy is when customers get together to negotiate a better deal for their energy bills. Here in North Tyneside, this can be done on residents’ behalf by a national switching scheme company, called iChoosr.

People can sign up to the collective energy scheme until Monday, October 13, and then iChoosr goes to the energy companies who will compete for their business during an auction, and hopefully provide a much better deal. The more people who join, the better deal should be offered.

Registration is free and is open to anyone – you don’t have to live in North Tyneside either.

You can find out more by visiting www.northtyneside.gov.uk, telephoning 0345 2000 101 or calling into one of North Tyneside Council’s customer service centres.

There’s no obligation to take out the deal once it’s offered, so you’ve really got nothing to lose. I would urge people to sign up today and see if there’s a better deal out there.

Coun John Stirling

Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development

North Tyneside Council