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Expert help in cutting gas and electricity bills by switching

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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AN energy switching scheme which could save South Derbyshire people collectively more than half a million pounds a year has been launched.

Residents are being urged to register with Derbyshire Big Deals – Derbyshire County Council’s bulk buying scheme which works by bringing people together to get the best price on their gas and electricity bills.

Sixty per cent of people have never switched their energy company even though they could save an average of £217 a year if they did, the authority has said.

It is working with consumer champions ‘Which?’ to negotiate with energy companies to strike the best deal for residents to cut their annual gas and electricity bills.

Each household registering with the scheme will also be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win free gas and electricity for a whole year, with three prizes up to a maximum value of £1,500 up for grabs.

Councillor Andrew Lewer, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “We all know we should shop around but sometimes it seems too complicated to switch your gas and electricity company.

“We are really pleased to be working with ‘Which?’ – a trusted consumer brand – to help local people come together to save money, as well as making it easy to switch.”

Residents need to find their recent energy bill and either fill in a few questions online by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/bigdeals, or phoning the county council’s Big Deals line on 01629 533365 or pop into a library where staff can help fill in the form for them, before March 20.

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