Thousands sign up for savings

Just Regional
Apr 24, 2013 2 mins read

Nearly 3,000 North Norfolk households will find out in the next couple of weeks how much they could save on their electricity and gas bills, now initial results of a council-run scheme to use the power of numbers to negotiate reduced household tariffs have been announced.

Across the county, six local authorities are involved in the Norfolk Big Switch and Save scheme. North Norfolk District Council reported 2,796 households registered with Big Switch and Save, with nearly 12,000 households signing up across the county as a whole.

A ‘reverse auction’ for lowest offers was a great success, with three companies, Sainsbury’s Energy, Scottish Power and British Gas winning in three different categories – dual fuel, electricity only, and prepayment meter customers. Overall, 71% of the people who registered could make a saving on their annual electricity and gas bills by switching to one of the offers, with an average saving of £111. The highest average saving would be £139 for dual fuel customers opting for online billing.

Households will be contacted over the next couple of weeks with their own specific offer. They are under no obligation to switch supplier after receiving the offer, meaning that those customers not offered a saving through the scheme can be reassured that they are already on the best deal for them.

The council is hoping to run the scheme again later in the year. Take up in the six councils was as follows:

North Norfolk District Council: 2,796

Norwich City Council: 2,710

Breckland Council: 2,600

Broadland District Council: 1,965

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: 973

South Norfolk Council: 641

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