Scheme launched to save money on energy bills

As part of its commitment to help households save money on their gas and electricity bills, Newcastle City Council has teamed up with iChoosr, which offers a free online switching service that brings customers together to help bring down the costs of energy through collective buying.

From Tuesday 8 September until 12 October households can go online and sign up to register their interest.

iChoosr acts on behalf of customers who register for the scheme, to negotiate with energy companies to get a better deal for local people, offering a hassle-free switch should they wish to accept.

Over the last year, the Big Community Switch in Newcastle has helped over 100 residents save an average of £200 each on their gas and electricity bills. The Big Community Switch is part of a national auction, where utility providers compete to win the right to offer customers the best energy deal.

Collectively, this means that we have helped local people to save £22,000 since the service launched in May 2014.

Newcastle resident Graeme Armstrong, signed up to the scheme earlier this year, and could save over £250 a year on his energy bill. Graeme told us:

“It was a really easy process. It only took a few minutes to complete the form online. I had to enter the details of my current energy supplier, and the tariff I was on. I got an email straight away confirming I had registered. Then within a couple of weeks, I got an email telling me how much I would save and with the option to switch by replying to the email”.

“I also did a quick comparison to see what other deals were available from other energy suppliers, and it turned out that the Big Community Switch deal was the cheapest 12 month deal available”.

Cllr Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Financial Inclusion Group said; “For many residents in Newcastle the cost of energy is a big concern. This service is one way that Newcastle City Council is supporting local people to save money on their energy bills.

“The savings speak for themselves, and I’d urge others to sign up to find a better and more affordable energy deal, helping ease the burden in these tough times.”

For more information visit
www.newcastle.gov.uk/big-community-switch and sign up today. Don’t have internet access? Simply pop into any of our libraries to find out more and register your interest.