New scheme could reduce energy bills

ALL households across the East Riding can now register their interest in joining a new energy switching scheme.

Last month, the Department for Energy and Climate Change awarded East Riding Council and its partners nearly £430,000 to support the YORSwitch scheme, which will see the council and its partner organisations work to reduce gas and electric bills of interested households.

The scheme works by households in the East Riding registering their interest followed by an online auction between energy suppliers, with the winning supplier’s best offer made available to residents.

For anyone not online, information about how to get assistance is available by calling 01482 393939 or in person at a customer service centre.

The closing date for registrations is Monday 8 April, with the online auction between energy suppliers taking place on Tuesday 9 April.

Following the auction an offer letter will be sent out to those who registered detailing the winning energy supplier’s offer.

Residents then have time to consider the offer and decide if it is right for them. If it is, they just need to respond to the offer letter and then the energy supplier will set up their new energy deal which lasts 12 months.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding Council, said: “Switching energy suppliers is something that many of us never get round to doing or it can seem too daunting and complicated.

“The YORSwitch scheme makes switching energy suppliers really easy so that we can all start to save money on our gas and electric bills.”

For further information about YORSwitch, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/yorswitch.