Switch and save on your energy bills

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Residents of Eastbourne are being encouraged to save on their energy bills by switching to a new council-backed scheme.

The Ready To Switch scheme uses the power of combined community purchasing to deliver cheaper tariffs, and is being supported by 13 local authorities across the UK.

The more people who sign up to the scheme, the more money will be saved.

Those who have already signed up have slashed their energy bills by up to £200 a year.

The next deadline for joining the scheme is June 3. Signing up is easy.

See www.eastbourne.gov.uk/switch

Leader of the Council Cllr David Tutt said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Eastbourne to come together and save considerable amounts on their yearly energy bills.”

Cllr Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for the community, added, “I’ve signed up and I have already saved £150. This scheme really delivers for the residents of Eastbourne and I would urge everyone to sign up before June 3.”

For those that don’t have access to the internet there are several other ways to sign up. People can visit the council at 1 Grove Road for help or ask a friend or family member to register them online.

The collective switching scheme will work by means of a reverse auction where energy suppliers will be invited to bid the lowest price to supply energy to all those signed up for the scheme.

By running the scheme across more than a dozen councils, a large group of households can be formed and greater savings can be achieved. In total over 1.5 million households will be eligible to join the scheme.