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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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South Lakes scheme to cut energy bills returns

A POPULAR scheme to help residents save on their energy bills is relaunching in the South Lakes.

Registration for the third ‘Power Up You Community’ energy switching initiative, run by South Lakeland District Council, will open on August 6.

More than 700 homes have so far taken advantage of the scheme, which uses bulk purchasing power to negotiate the best possible deal for customers.

The process will be the same as before, with registration available online, on the phone or in person at council offices in Ulverston, Windermere and Kendal. Registration closes on October 15.

SLDC will once again work with specialist company, iChoosr, to negotiate with the energy companies on behalf of everyone signed up to the scheme to get the best tariff possible.

Once a price has been negotiated, registered households will have the option to take the deal or stick with their current provider.

Residents who took part in the first scheme last year will be coming to the end of their deal and SLDC has suggested they take part again to see if a better deal is available.

Councillor Janet Willis, SLDC deputy leader and portfolio holder for innovation and improvement, said: “We will be launching ‘Power up Your Community’ again because the previous two schemes have proved very successful.

“By switching energy supplier people can often save money and switching has never been so easy.

“Another benefit of “Power up Your Community” is that the switching fee received by SLDC will be ploughed back into local community projects that will help people who are struggling to pay for fuel to keep warm.”

Charles Flanagan, who signed up to the first SLDC scheme, said: “I thought my previous deal was competitive, so I was very pleased when I signed up to the council’s scheme and saved over £300. The process was very simple and I urge everyone to sign up now.”

Diane Warren, who also signed up for the first scheme, said: “With help from the council I completed the application form and everything fell into place. I was kept informed at every stage of the switch and I am now an online, paperless customer. I think this is a very worthwhile campaign.”

Further details can be found on the council’s website at www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by calling 0845 050 4434.

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