Scheme to save on cost of fuel bills

File photo dated 04/09/10 of an electric fire as seven in 10 households went without heating this winter to cope with the 'energy affordability crisis', research from a website has suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 31, 2013. More than one third (35%) of people surveyed this month also said that cutting back on energy usage is affecting their quality of life or health - up from one in six when similar research was carried out a year ago, uSwitch said. The findings come after a string of price hikes from energy giants kicked in as temperatures plummeted. Eight in 10 consumers said that they believe household energy in the UK has become 'unaffordable'. Around one in six people surveyed said they regularly went without heating this winter to keep costs down, while one in 50 said they always did this and half said they did so occasionally. See PA story MONEY Energy. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
File photo dated 04/09/10 of an electric fire as seven in 10 households went without heating this winter to cope with the 'energy affordability crisis', research from a website has suggested. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 31, 2013. More than one third (35%) of people surveyed this month also said that cutting back on energy usage is affecting their quality of life or health - up from one in six when similar research was carried out a year ago, uSwitch said. The findings come after a string of price hikes from energy giants kicked in as temperatures plummeted. Eight in 10 consumers said that they believe household energy in the UK has become 'unaffordable'. Around one in six people surveyed said they regularly went without heating this winter to keep costs down, while one in 50 said they always did this and half said they did so occasionally. See PA story MONEY Energy. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
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Breckland Council is urging residents to join a collective switching scheme which could save them money on their gas and electricity bills.

Nearly 1,500 households across Norfolk have already signed up to the scheme, which launched on March 1.

The idea is for residents to sign up via the council, whose partner organisation IChoosr will then carry out an auction to determine the cheapest energy prices.

The more people who register, the greater IChoosr’s purchasing power to negotiate lower energy bills.

After the auction, the cheapest company will provide residents with a no obligation quote for providing their energy for the next 12 months, which they can choose to accept or decline.

Cllr William Nunn, leader of Breckland Council, said: “In the current economic climate everyone is looking for ways to save money and this is a great opportunity to do just that.

“The scheme is not just for Breckland residents. It is open to residents across the county and I encourage as many people as possible to sign up.”

Residents have until April 8 to register and could save up to £200 a year on energy bills by doing so.

For details, visit www.breckland.gov.uk or call 01362 656870.