December 10 2013 Latest news:
By steve downes
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thousands of north Norfolk residents will soon have the chance to sign up for a scheme that could save them money on the energy bills.
As reported, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) was on Wednesday awarded £18,500 by the government from the Cheaper Energy Together fund. It can now be revealed that it was one of just 31 of the 114 applicants to succeed.
The money will be used to set up a website for residents to submit their details and be included in a “reverse auction” to find the cheapest energy tariff for their home.
By grouping hundreds or thousands of households together, it is possible to negotiate much lower energy tariffs than if an individual was changing supplier on their own.
Schemes elsewhere in the country have seen residents save an average of £171 per year on their bills.
NNDC plans to launch the scheme in mid-February, after which householders will have several weeks to sign up to the scheme.
When the registration period ends, a reverse auction will be carried out to find an energy supplier which can offer the best deal to these households.
Everyone who signed up to the scheme will be offered the deal so they can see how much they stand to save compared to their existing tariff. If they make the decision to make the switch, it will be carried out automatically for them.
Although the scheme will be exclusively available through the council’s website www.northnorfolk.org, support will be available for residents who don’t have access to the internet.
The funding will also pay for the launch of an “energy box” for town and parish councils in the district, to complement the energy switching scheme by helping residents find out information about energy issues.
John Lee, NNDC’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “With the freezing temperatures we have seen in the last few weeks the timing couldn’t be more perfect, as people in the district are no doubt worrying about receiving their next energy bill and I urge everyone to sign up on the special web site as soon as the scheme is launched.”