Chance to save on energy bills

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Households across Sheffield could save on their heating bills for the second year running if they sign up to a scheme.

Cheaper deals on gas and electricity can be made through the Big Sheffield Switch if residents sign up to an online auction with energy suppliers.

People register to take part in the auction on March 10, where firms bid for the householders’ custom by offering their cheapest tariff.

The best-value providers are whittled down and customers given the option to switch from their supplier until March 24.

Last year more than 800 households saved an average of £120 through the initiative.

Margaret Nichols, of Deepcar, who took part in 2013, said: “I feel the cold a lot so the temperature in my home is always about 25 degrees.

“That’s why it’s so important that I’m on the right tariff which offers the best value for money. We’ve saved on electricity, which I’m pleased about.

“I’m quite savvy about managing my money and bills but I think the Big Sheffield Switch is great for people who are perhaps not as confident looking around for the best deal.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “I know that energy bills are a really big concern.

“If you are worried about rising energy costs and the effect big bills may have on your family’s budget then this is a great, simple way of making sure you get signed up to the deal that offers you the best value for money.”

n Call 0800 9887035 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/cheaperenergy to register.