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Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme returns promising savings

Residents are being invited to see if they could save money on their gas and electricity bill with the Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme (LESS).

The scheme, which has already run once this year, collectively signs up residents via the county and district councils in order to create a larger saving from the most competitive supplier.

Last time, 1,000 household applied, with some residents now saving up to £300 on their annual energy bill, or an average of £167.

To sign up, residents just need to review their current tariff and energy consumption details. They then go to the Big Community Switch website or call 01529 301990 to register interest.

There is no obligation to switch when the scheme finds the best deal.

If residents don’t see a saving on their individual offer, it means they are already on a competitive rate.

The deadline to sign up is June 9, and after this point energy companies are invited to bid for the combined business.

The lowest tariff will then be offered to residents in a personalised email or letter.

People will have four weeks to confirm they wish to switch supplier by following the instructions in the offer email or postal form.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for the environment at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are encouraging as many people as possible to register with the Lincolnshire Energy Switch Scheme to secure the best possible gas and electricity rates for a community switch here in Lincolnshire.

“The first scheme was successful with 1,000 households switching to better energy deals.

“We are always keen to look at new ways to help our residents and local businesses reduce their monthly outgoings and this is the start of a process that could help families and individuals suffering fuel poverty.

“The scheme is open to anyone, so everyone who registers can benefit.”

For more information on the LESS scheme, and similar schemes for SME businesses, visit Lincolnshire.gov.uk/switch.