Residents are again being given the chance to cut their energy bills with the third Cambridgeshire Energy Switch scheme to be launched this year.

The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch has already taken place in February and June this year and has seen over 480 households switch their energy supplier and save an average of £207 each per year per household.  That's a total collective saving of over £100,000 for Cambridgeshire residents.

Now there's another opportunity for more households to make these savings with the scheme. The more residents that sign up the better the deals are likely to be.  Residents across the county may not currently be enjoying the lowest tariff available and don't know how to change suppliers or want the hassle of shopping around for the best deal.

The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch Scheme is supported by Cambridgeshire County Council and uses the collective bargaining power of residents to achieve better prices for electricity and gas to save households money. It's open to all residents on both credit and pre-payment meters.

Currently energy suppliers are only allowed to have four core tariffs per energy type, but at the end of last year it was agreed that energy suppliers can  introduce a bespoke tariff  (a fifth one) specifically for a collective switch and that wouldn't be available on the current energy market.

To register you will need to know who your current energy supplier is, the tariff that you are on and annual gas and/or electricity usage for your household. Registration has opened and the deadline for joining this switch is October 13, after this energy suppliers are given an opportunity to offer the collective group of residents a deal to provide their electricity and/or gas. The service is completely free of charge and there is no obligation to accept an offer.

Anyone wishing to sign up or find out more should log onto www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/switch If people do not have access to the internet they can contact Cambridgeshire County Council on 01223 507164, or via  [email protected] or why not attend a "bring your bill" session at Huntingdon Library on September 8 or Ely Library on September 9.

Businesses are also encouraged to register by calling 0800 188 4929 or completing the call back request form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/switch.  A business energy expert who can help determine when your business can switch and how much you can save will call you back. Businesses that have not previously been active with saving on their energy costs are thought to be paying 35% more than those that are.  You can expect an independent and unbiased comparison of the energy market and it's completely free with no obligations. 

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