Thousands sign up for chance to cut their gas and electricity bills with Derbyshire Big Deals scheme
NEARLY 3,500 people have signed up for an energy-switch scheme which could save them hundreds of pounds on their bills.
Now Derbyshire County Council is urging thousands more who declared an interest to register before the March 20 deadline.
The council has teamed up with consumer watchdog Which? to help residents get the best deal on their gas and electricity.
Some 6,000 people declared an interest in the Derbyshire Big Deals scheme before it was launched 11 days ago.
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A council spokesman said the scheme is open to all residents – even those who did not pre-register.
He said: "All residents need to do is find their recent energy bill and either fill in a few simple questions online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/bigdeals or call the county council's Big Deals line on 01629 533365.
"Alternatively they can pop into a county council library, where staff can help fill in the form for them.
"Once they have signed up, there is no obligation for households to switch but, if they decide to do so, their new energy company will cancel the contract with their existing supplier for them."
The Big Deals scheme will see the council and Which? negotiate with energy companies to strike the best deal for residents.
It is a bulk-buying scheme which works by bringing people together to get the best price on their gas and electricity bills.
The Tory-led council set up the scheme after learning that 60% of people have never switched their energy company, even though they could save an average £217 a year if they did.
Each household registering with the scheme will also be entered into a free prize draw for a chance to win free gas and electricity for a year, with three prizes up to a value of £1,500 up for grabs.
County council leader Andrew Lewer said: "We are really pleased to be working with Which? – a trusted consumer brand – to help local people come together to save money, as well as making it easy to switch."
Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which?, said: "Rising energy prices are one of consumers' top financial worries but, by taking part in Derbyshire Big Deals, people could reduce their bills."