Roadshow to help people with energy switch

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People can find out how to join thousands of others in a collective energy switching scheme during roadshow events across Daventry District this month.

Launched in December, Big Switch Daventry District is aiming to harness people power in a bid to get residents a better deal on their gas and electricity bills.

Alice Ellis and Cllr Daniel Cribbin at the launch of the Big Switch

Alice Ellis and Cllr Daniel Cribbin at the launch of the Big Switch

Residents who register for the scheme, run by Daventry District Council in partnership with energy switching experts iChoosr, form a collective to get a better price for their energy.

Energy firms are invited to offer their best tariff in a reverse-auction process, and the more people who are in the collective, the more energy companies will compete for their custom.

It can mean far cheaper tariffs for residents, with 98 per cent of households signed up to the last auction run by iChoosr able to make savings on average of £221.

Big Switch Daventry District is one of a number of schemes across the country feeding into iChoosr’s next national auction, with 160 households in the district signed up to the collective so far and more than 6,300 registered nationally.

Registration closes on February 2, after which everyone who signed up will be sent details of the winning tariff as well as individually-tailored information about how much they could save by switching. People will have until March 16 to decide whether they want to switch. There is no obligation to accept the offer and no fees or charges involved.

To help Daventry District residents find out more, a second series of Big Switch drop-in events are taking place across the district in January. People are invited to go along with a copy of their annual energy bill to speak to Council staff about the scheme and find out how to register.

The first is being held on Thursday January 15 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Southbrook Community Hub. There will be two at DDCs offices in Lodge Road on Monday January 19 from 9am to 11.30am and then from 1.30pm to 4pm on Wednesday January 21.

People can also go along to a roadshow at Long Buckby Library in Station Road from 10.30am to midday on Thursday January 22 and between 1.30pm and 4pm at Brixworth Library on Monday January 26.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, Environment Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “I would urge people to dig out a copy of their most recent annual energy bill or statement and head down to their nearest roadshow. It’s a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with staff about the scheme and its benefits.

“It’s also really easy to sign-up online or by phoning the Council. The process takes five minutes and there are no fees involved or any obligation to switch at the end of the process. There’s absolutely nothing to lose by registering and the potential gains could be significant.”

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