We urge residents to check scheme

After it resulted in significant savings for residents in October 2014, North Tyneside Council is once again supporting a ‘collective energy scheme’ and I would urge your readers to find out more.

Collective energy switching is when customers get together to negotiate a better deal for their energy bills.

Here in North Tyneside it can be done on residents’ behalf by a national switching scheme company, called iChoosr. During the last auction, it saved households a huge £221, on average.

These savings are especially important given that around 10,000 people in North Tyneside are living in fuel poverty, meaning they can’t keep their homes warm enough at a reasonable cost given their income. This is 10,000 too many.

Far too many people have never switched energy supplier either, therefore, potentially losing out on savings that could have been made by moving to another company.

Registration is free and closes on Monday, February 2, so households still have a few days to take part.

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.

The more people who register, the better deal you’re offered.

People can register, or find out more, by searching for ‘energy’ on the council’s website, at www.northtyneside.gov.uk, by calling 0345 2000 101 or by using the public facilities at one of the borough’s customer first centres.

Coun John Stirling

Cabinet member

Sustainable Development

North Tyneside Council