Council scheme to tackle fuel poverty

Alice Ellis and Cllr Daniel Cribbin launching the Big Switch scheme
Alice Ellis and Cllr Daniel Cribbin launching the Big Switch scheme

People have a chance to save money on their energy bills with a new scheme being offered by Daventry District Council (DDC)

Called Big Switch Daventry District, it is urging as many people as possible to sign up in a bid to get a greater reduction. It is believed one in four people in the district suffer from fuel poverty.

DDC has teamed up with a leading collective switching expert, iChoosr, to offer residents a simple, hassle-free method of switching energy suppliers, hopefully saving them money in the process.

It is the first time a scheme of its kind that has been run in Northamptonshire.

Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for free by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitchdaventry or by phoning 01327 871100.

Once registration closes on February 2, iChoosr will gather everyone’s registrations together and invite energy companies to offer their best tariff to everyone in the scheme in a reverse auction process.

People who have signed up will be sent details and have until March 16 to decide whether to accept it.

Alice Ellis, environmental improvement officer at DDC said: “It is one of DDC’s top priorities to tackle fuel poverty and this is a great way of getting people a better deal on their energy bills. It is a problem in the district and we hope it will save people money on their bills.”

People can find out more at a Big Switch event at Long Buckby Library on Wednesday from 10.30am to noon. Another will be held the following day at DDC offices from 9am to 11.30am.