Gas firm to work with the county council

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British Gas and Northamptonshire County Council are set to work together to help people in the county.

A report before Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet will hear how the authority and utilities company British Gas will work together to bring economic and environmental benefits to Northamptonshire.

Ideas which are being investigated include helping householders improve insulation so their energy bills are reduced and a potential scheme where consumers could get together in order to bulk-buy their energy at a lower price.

Other initiatives could include working with businesses to help them cut their energy costs and developing low-carbon transport, not just for cars but also for buses and lorries.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for economic growth and public protection, said: “This is a pioneering approach which we see as having benefits all round.

“Energy costs are rising and this isn’t good for householders who increasingly find energy bills taking up a larger and larger chunk of their income, pushing some into fuel poverty.

“Rising energy costs are also bad news for businesses, particularly coming out of a recession, and being able to help them reduce energy expenses can give them a helping hand to expand.”