Gas and electricity customers in Lincolnshire could save money on their home energy bills through the new collective Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme (LESS).
Seven authorities in the county have jointly launched the campaign that invites residents to join forces and potentially save hundreds of pounds on their bills. Energy suppliers can offer lower energy prices to a collective contract made up of thousands of customers.
The more people that sign up, the lower the energy prices that could be offered. People who have never switched energy supplier and are on a standard tariff are likely to make the greatest savings.
People can join by registering their details at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/switch
Alternatively residents can call 01522 782067 or register at their local council in Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Kesteven and West Lindsey. Customers need to have their last energy bill to hand when they call.
In South Kesteven, residents can visit Grantham Customer Services Centre to register or by appointment at Bourne or Stamford Customer Services Centres. Opening times at Grantham are: 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; 8.45am to 4pm on Wednesday and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Friday.
Once the registration deadline has passed on Monday February 17, the tariff of the lowest bidding energy supplier will be offered to residents. Residents are then able to choose to accept the offer or not.
People on pre-payment meters can also choose to switch. Once registered, there is no obligation to switch. When the auction has been completed customers will receive an offer letter by email or post if registration was
made ‘offline’. Customers then have four weeks to confirm they wish to switch supplier by following the instructions in the offer email or returning a signed form by post.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Cllr John Smith said: “It is our aim to look at new ways to help our residents reduce their monthly outgoings and start a process to help those most in need to address real fuel poverty. We are encouraging residents to consider registering for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme and working with iChoosr enabling them to obtain the lowest bidding energy supplier. Residents may then decide whether it is to their advantage to join the Community Switch Scheme for South Kesteven and Lincolnshire.”