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N E Lincs Council: Register now in latest round of Big Community Switch

The Big Community Switch has opened up the latest round which could help you to cut your home gas and electricity bills by up to £200

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in Partnership with Cofely, has teamed up with more than 12 other councils across the country to make it easier for people to switch energy providers.

It comes as the Council is urging people to get in touch if they are worried that they’ll be suffering in a cold home as the temperatures drop and figures show that more than 12,000 households in North Lincolnshire are living in fuel poverty in North East Lincolnshire.

Figures for 2013 show the total number of fuel poverty households in the borough to be 12,003, or 16.8 per cent of North East Lincolnshire households. In 2011, the figure was 13,641 or 19.7 per cent.

To register for Big Community Switch which all you need to do is visit: www.nelincs.gov.uk/TheBigCommunitySwitch before Friday 30 January 2015 and provide your contact details, the name of your supplier and details of your current energy usage and tariff and it does the hard work for you, using joint buying power to help drive down home energy costs.

Once you have had the opportunity to register your interest, a reverse auction will be held to invite energy suppliers to compete with their best offers. The scheme is free for households to join and there is no obligation to take up the winning supplier’s tariff offer. The scheme is open to all households which pay monthly, quarterly or via a pre-payment meter.

There is also a ‘tell a friend’ competition where:

• There will be five prizes, each of £100 worth of high street vouchers
• These five prizes will go to the registrants with the top five highest number of referrals
• Referees will still need to have switched to a wining supplier in order to be eligible for the prize draw.

After registering, residents will receive a confirmation email with the option to let friends and family know about the scheme via their own bespoke referral link. This is the method by which residents will need to refer people if they want their registrations to count towards their referral number.

If you would like any further information on the scheme please call 01472 324782, email energy@nelincs.gov.uk or visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/energyadvice.