Time running out to make energy switch

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, and the People Power website.
Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, and the People Power website.
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Time is running out for people to sign up to a new scheme which could help them cut their energy bills.

The ‘People Power’ energy switching scheme closes at midnight on April 8 – so if you miss the deadline, you could lose the chance to take advantage of cheaper energy tariffs.

The scheme works by thousands of people registering their interest in switching energy providers, who then bid for their business by offering the best available prices.

With the average household fuel bill now standing at more than £1,300 – and set to rise even higher – it’s more important than ever that people get the best deal possible.

Low income households are particularly affected and recent figures show that 24% of homes (approximately 14,300 households) in the Lancaster district are in fuel poverty.

Coun Eileen Blamire, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “Rising energy prices are an increasing concern and by switching providers many people could get a better deal on their energy.

“But that’s often easier said than done and many people do not, or are unable to, switch energy suppliers.

“The idea of this scheme is to make it easier for people to find a better deal.

“Registering is free, open to anyone and the more people that register, the more likely it is that there will be savings for everyone. “There’s no obligation to switch providers so people have nothing to lose by registering their interest in taking part.”

“You can register your interest in taking part by visiting www.peoplepower.co.uk.