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Making savings on home energy bills

People who took part in the latest home energy-switching scheme by East Riding of Yorkshire Council are being offered average household savings of £190, it was revealed this week. More than 6,000 households in East Yorkshire registered with the YORSwitch on this latest occasion and these were combined with a number of other similar initiatives run by more than 72 local authorities around the UK to create a collective of more than 55,000 households.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council regularly attracts high numbers of participants, with more than 15,100 switchers to date and savings for residents totalling more than £3.6million since the scheme began in 2013. Offer letters or e-mails informing residents of how much they could be saving against their current deal are currently being sent out.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment at East Riding Council, said: “I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already taken part in YORSwitch to do so. There is no commitment to switch but, for the vast majority of those who do, there have been substantial savings.

“Now is the ideal time for residents, especially those on standard tariffs, to switch. Residents could secure a great rate for the year ahead at a time when many will now be feeling the impact of the standard variable tariff increases announced in the past few months,” he said.

For people choosing to switch, the process is straightforward and carried out by the new provider. Households in the East Riding which have not yet registered for the scheme are still able to access the exclusive deals secured through the collective by simply registering for free at www.eastriding.gov.uk/yorswitch or telephoning (01482) 393939. People have until midnight on 11 July to accept their offer.

The council is running support sessions for people wanting help with, or more information about, YORSwitch, including one in Beverley tomorrow, Wednesday 14th June, from 9.30am-noon, at the town’s Leisure Centre.