HELP is at hand for cash-strapped Sheffield households unhappy about energy bill rises – and it could save them hundreds of pounds.
The Big Sheffield Switch will allow residents to join together and bulk-buy energy to get cheaper deals.
Sheffield Council is urging residents in and around Sheffield to sign up, for the potential to ‘save hundreds of pounds a year’ on gas and electricity.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We know how much people are worried about rising energy costs, so we are delighted to launch The Big Sheffield Switch that will help people save hundreds of pounds a year.
“It is really easy to do. Just by making a phone call or going online to register, families can save lots of money.
“One of the best things is that the more people who get involved, the more we can save together. I hope everyone in Sheffield signs up and gets better deals on their bills.”
He added the Big Sheffield Switch helped to address one of the recommendations of Sheffield Council’s Fairness Commission - which called for action to tackle high energy bills.
Households sign up with the council, which will then run an online auction with UK energy suppliers. The more households who sign up, the more buying power the council will have, and the better the deal.
Register online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/cheaperenergy or call 0800 915 9096 before April 8.
The Big Sheffield Switch is part of a collective energy drive being taken up by 50 councils nationally. The YORswitch scheme in Barnsley has 1,700 members so far.