New chance for York residents to slash fuel bills

New chance for York residents to slash fuel bills

New chance for York residents to slash fuel bills

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YORK residents can team up to reduce their energy bills when a money-saving project relaunches on Tuesday.

The Save Money by Switching Energy campaign, run by City of York Council, started last year and hundreds of people switched gas and electric tariffs with the help of energy switching experts iChoosr.

The campaign is supported by York Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK York and registration is free from Tuesday.

Once registered, energy companies will provide their best prices to everyone who has registered an interest. Residents will be shown how much they could save, and can then accept or decline the officer, with no hidden charges.

George Vickers, chief executive of York CAB, said: “A lot of people are coming to the CAB for advice because they’re struggling to pay all their bills.

"It’s really important that people get the best deal and shop around for their fuel. The switching scheme is one of the great ways York residents can benefit from finding a cheaper energy tariff which in turn will now help them to cut the cost of their monthly outgoings and save money.”

James Player, from Age UK York, said: “Energy bills are amongst the biggest and most worrying that any of us have deal with every year.

“We really hope many more people will have lower fuel bills thanks to this scheme and thus be able to keep warmer and healthier during the winter.”

Councillor Dave Merrett, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “This Energy Switch scheme is about us locally helping our residents get the best possible deal on their energy bills. Hundreds of resident’s saved big money last year – with up to £169 a year - and we’re hoping to do the same again this year.”

Last year, more than 36,000 people registered nationally, including 751 in York. The 242 in York who switched saved an average of £169 a year.

To find out more or to register go to york.gov.uk/switchingenergy or phone 01904 551550. You need a recent energy bill to complete the process.

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10:42pm Sun 3 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

Councillor??? Merrett????
Ant this person got no shame...
You pal have cost the tax payers of this fine city a pretty penny. So Dont you tell ME how to save money.... YOU WILL be found out sonny..and every one will be shocked.....
Councillor??? Merrett???? Ant this person got no shame... You pal have cost the tax payers of this fine city a pretty penny. So Dont you tell ME how to save money.... YOU WILL be found out sonny..and every one will be shocked..... piaggio1
  • Score: 11

10:45pm Sun 3 Aug 14

piaggio1 says...

And as for the jumped up jr lot..no coment..think i may/will get banned...
And as for the jumped up jr lot..no coment..think i may/will get banned... piaggio1
  • Score: 5

8:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

pedalling paul says...

So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term.
So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term. pedalling paul
  • Score: -5

10:28am Mon 4 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term.
Nothing you say now can be taken seriously after your bike pictures !!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term.[/p][/quote]Nothing you say now can be taken seriously after your bike pictures !! smudge2
  • Score: 10

2:38pm Mon 4 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

So is this to be what we are to be fed with for the next few months, the council appearing to do good things, which this is, but then attaching the name of a man who has cost this city and it's residents a fortune and has presided over policies which have increased vehicle fuel use so much he has left us with up to 48% increases in pollution. Nice try from Mr Merrett but our memories are not that short and hiding away and only popping up with a good news story will not do the trick.
So is this to be what we are to be fed with for the next few months, the council appearing to do good things, which this is, but then attaching the name of a man who has cost this city and it's residents a fortune and has presided over policies which have increased vehicle fuel use so much he has left us with up to 48% increases in pollution. Nice try from Mr Merrett but our memories are not that short and hiding away and only popping up with a good news story will not do the trick. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 4

3:45pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Ichabod76 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term.
Are you going to address this Paul ?

Haddie Nuff says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Oh dear PH, you seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest.........but identity confusion still seems to reign in the mind of some contributors.
Seems as if CTC are also confused as their annual report quite clearly states "Paul Hepworth has maintained a watching brief on local
media, and responded on our behalf to cycling related issues that have
arisen being a prolific correspondent in the “Letters” page and as
“Pedalling Paul” on website of the York Press."
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: So many options out there for fixed term contracts, that it is nigh on impossible to decide which one to go for. The danger is that you may end up being tied to a higher price when others have fallen. Utility brokers do not have a crystal ball. A scheme which offers regular eg annual or half yearly updates and advice rather than a one off scheme, might be more effective long term.[/p][/quote]Are you going to address this Paul ? Haddie Nuff says... pedalling paul wrote: Oh dear PH, you seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest.........but identity confusion still seems to reign in the mind of some contributors. Seems as if CTC are also confused as their annual report quite clearly states "Paul Hepworth has maintained a watching brief on local media, and responded on our behalf to cycling related issues that have arisen being a prolific correspondent in the “Letters” page and as “Pedalling Paul” on website of the York Press." Ichabod76
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

piaggio1 wrote:
And as for the jumped up jr lot..no coment..think i may/will get banned...
For your spelling, certainly
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: And as for the jumped up jr lot..no coment..think i may/will get banned...[/p][/quote]For your spelling, certainly Omega Point
  • Score: 0

5:50pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Meirion M says...

I liked this scheme UNTIL I saw that Merrett put his dirty paw on it.
He is a disgrace, and now wants to make himself the good guy.
It simply won't work, Merrett.
Roll on until May 2015 when he, along with Little Jim and Tracy (a.k.a. Medusa) ride into the sunset of local politics for good.
They are a disgrace, and muddy the name of Labour locally.
I liked this scheme UNTIL I saw that Merrett put his dirty paw on it. He is a disgrace, and now wants to make himself the good guy. It simply won't work, Merrett. Roll on until May 2015 when he, along with Little Jim and Tracy (a.k.a. Medusa) ride into the sunset of local politics for good. They are a disgrace, and muddy the name of Labour locally. Meirion M
  • Score: 0

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