Scheme helps to save on bills

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development.

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A scheme to help reduce residents’ energy bills has been hailed a success.

Households were able to save an average of £244 off their gas and electricity bills after they joined in a ‘collective energy scheme’, supported by North Tyneside Council.

In North Tyneside they were directed to national switching scheme iChoosr, which presented all registered households to energy providers who took part in a reverse auction to provide the best possible tariffs.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the latest North Tyneside results – which are higher than the national average – it is great news for those who took part.

“As a council, we are committed to helping residents out of fuel poverty and I am really pleased with the progress we are making through our various initiatives.”

The collective energy scheme is just one way in which the local authority is helping households reduce their fuel bills.

Working on behalf of the local authority, Warm Zone CIC is continuing to offer full and partial grants to residents for the installation of loft and cavity wall insulation and help towards central heating improvements.

To find out if you are eligible for a full or partial grant to improve the energy efficiency of your home, contact the Warm Zone team on 0800 0199 969.

For more information visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 2000 101.