More than 10,000 Sheffield households have signed up to the city’s first communal energy contract.
Sheffield Council invited people to join the Big Sheffield Switch scheme, which to closed to new applicants on April 8, and then held an auction in which suppliers bid to provide electricity and gas.
The initiative is taking place at councils across the country, as part of efforts to help residents obtain cheaper energy.
A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “The latest figure of households signed up for The Big Switch is 10,377.”
A second round may take place giving more households the chance to take part at a later date.
The huge public response to the scheme was welcomed by Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene.
Coun Scott said: “The number of people participating in our collective switching scheme helped us to form a group big enough to organise an auction.
“We are pleased to announce that the winner was Sainsbury’s Energy. Over 70 per cent of people may save money on their energy bills.”
Emails and letters have been sent to all households who have signed up to the first wave of the Big Sheffield Switch, giving information about the contract with Sainsbury’s Energy – and details of how much money they could save.
Households signed up to the Big Sheffield Switch now have until Wednesday, May 8, to decide whether to commit to the deal on offer.