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

The first Cambridgeshire Energy Switch in February this year, saw over 400 residents switch their energy supplier and save an average of £224 each per year.

Now there's another opportunity for households to make these savings with the scheme. The more residents that sign up the better the deals are likely to be.

Following the introduction at the end of last year of a bespoke tariff being used specifically for collective switchers, big competition amongst energy suppliers for the collective group is anticipated.

Currently suppliers are only allowed to have four core tariffs per energy type, but the collective switch allows a "˜fifth tariff' to be introduced that wouldn't previously be available.

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 being supported by Cambridgeshire County Council to use the collective bargaining power of residents to bid for better prices for electricity and gas to save households money. It's open to all residents on both credit and pre-payment meters.

To sign up residents will need to know who their current energy supplier is, the tariff that they are on and their annual gas and/or electricity usage for their household. The deadline for joining this switch is June 9, 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.

Registration for the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch scheme opened this week.
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 use one of the computers in their local library or contact Cambridgeshire County Council via  [email protected] or call 01223 507164.

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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