Feb 27 2013

Harrow Council to help slash residents’ fuel bills

harrow_council_logo2Are you paying too much for your energy bills? If so, the council wants you to sign up to Harrow Council’s Big Energy Switch. The scheme could help you slash the prices of your gas and electricity bills by up to £200.

With energy bills continuing to rise, many people are still paying too much for their gas and electricity but are afraid to switch because they don’t have the time to compare suppliers or think it involves a lot of hassle.

That is why Harrow Council has joined a London-wide scheme which will use collective buying power to force energy prices down.

Anybody can sign up, however the council will be focusing on those who are falling into fuel poverty, and those are who already struggling to keep warm, who could really benefit from this opportunity. This is another way that Harrow Council is supporting residents most in need through tough times.

Signing up is easy! All you have to do is register your interest by visiting www.biglondonenergyswitch.org.uk. In mid April, councils in London will organise an ‘energy auction’ inviting energy suppliers to offer their cheapest tariffs to everyone who has registered. Whichever supplier(s) offers the cheapest tariff gets to offer you a new contract. After the auction, residents will receive a personal offer and will easily be able to see how much money they can save. Only then do they have to decide whether they wish to accept the offer or not.

Harrow Council held a launch event for the switch on 26th February. Dorothy Berry, aged 92 from South Harrow, said: “I think this sounds like a great idea. Energy bills really are too high at the moment. We all cut down as much as we can, especially if you live on your own like me, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough. I like to go to the social affairs like the lunches held at the day centres to help keep me warm and keep me going but I will certainly sign up to see if it can help me save money.”

Sylvia French aged 75 from West Harrow said: “It was really interesting to hear about this scheme. It really sounds like it could really benefit all of us, especially as there’s nothing to lose by signing up. I would welcome any opportunity for my bills to be cheaper, every little penny helps!”

Anyone who pays a household energy bill can take part. This includes tenants and customers on pre-payment meters. The savings will depend on your current tariff, payment method and the winning bid. The more people who register for Harrow’s Big Energy Switch, the better the deal we will be able to negotiate for our residents.

Leader of Harrow Council, Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, said: “We are on the side of our residents. We know that times are tough for them at the moment and we are doing everything we can to support those who are most in need. With energy bills continuing to rise, more people are struggling to afford to stay warm, so I would urge all of our residents to sign up to Harrow’s Big Energy Switch.”

Councillor Phillip O’Dell, Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety, said: “This scheme which will really help us tackle fuel poverty and help our residents save much needed money. Rising energy prices are one of consumers’ top financial worries but I believe in people power and welcome initiatives like this where, collectively, our residents can really make a difference.”

Source: Harrow Council

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