Chance to make big savings on energy bills

East Riding Council logo.
East Riding Council logo.

Householders in Pocklington and the surrounding area are being invited to take part in the latest YORSwitch energy bills auction.

YORSwitch is a free scheme organised by East Riding Council which gives residents the chance to make savings on their fuel bills by registering to take part in a collective auction of energy suppliers.

The next auction will be the eighth and people have until 18 May to register their interest.

Householders who signed up for the seventh round of auctions saved an average of £234 each on their annual energy bills.

The highest average saving was for dual fuel online customers - £251 per year.

More than 5,700 households in the East Riding registered for the YORSwitch scheme last time round. These were combined with a number of other similar initiatives around the UK to create a collective of 30,000 households from more than 110 local authorities as part of the Big Community Switch.

East Riding Council regularly attracts high numbers of participants, with excellent results again achieved in the most recent auction.

More than half of those in the East Riding who completed the registration process for the seventh auction went on to make the switch, saving on average £234 each.

This brings the cumulative total for domestic electricity and gas savings over the seven previous rounds to just shy of £1million for East Riding residents.

Householders who register are under no obligation to switch to the auction-winning supplier’s tariff offer but, if they do accept, it is an easy and straightforward process and East Riding Council take cares of the whole process.

The scheme is open to all households which pay monthly, quarterly or via a pre-payment meter. Once households have had the opportunity to register their interest, a reverse auction is held to invite energy suppliers to compete with their best offers.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding Council, said: “The most recent auction was particularly successful and will bring savings to residents.

“I would strongly urge people to give YORSwitch a try. It may well help you cut down on your energy charges.”

Filip Vissers, UK country manager for iChoosr Ltd, which administers the Big Community Switch auctions, said: “As our collective switching schemes become better known, we are attracting more ‘big six’ and smaller, independent suppliers to compete more aggressively for people’s custom.”

You can register your details for the eighth auction, without commitment, by visiting www.eastriding.gov.uk/yorswitch

The Government has recognised the success of East Riding Council’s approach to the YORSwitch scheme by including it as a best practise case study in its new fuel poverty strategy for England called Cutting The Cost Of Keeping Warm.

The registration period for the eighth auction opens on Tuesday, 24 March, 2015, and closes on Monday, 18 May, 2015.

The auction for energy suppliers will be held on Tuesday, 19 May, 2015.

Offer letters and emails will be sent out from Monday, 9 June, 2015.