Scheme to save on fuel bills launched

RESIDENTS in York are being urged to team up to save hundreds of pounds on fuel bills through a new scheme.

City of York Council and Community Energy Direct (CED) are piloting a project where households join to create a co-operative movement and make a deal with an energy supplier so everybody gets the same low price for gas and electricity, with the benefit increasing as more people take part.

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability said: “Many people never change their energy suppliers as it is deemed a complicated process and are not aware of the savings they could make through switching.

On average, households could save up to £115 per year on fuel costs by doing this.”

Energy smart clubs will be set up in the Guildhall and Hull Road wards and in the Westfield area this month and CED is looking for groups and residents interested in forming more in these communities.

For more information, phone 0845 4502581 or visit communityenergy.info

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8:45am Thu 7 Feb 13

Guy Fawkes says...

“Many people never change their energy suppliers as it is deemed a complicated process and are not aware of the savings they could make through switching.


Actually, I suspect that the real reason why most don't is because there is now very little difference in the contracts they offer, and (like mobile phone and broadband providers) most will now lock you in to a long contract period with very little reward.

Since moving to my current address in 2000 I have changed suppliers three times. On the first two occasions the savings were significant. But on the third they were negligible - £20-30 a year at most. I only switched because the new provider offered frequent flyer miles per pound spent in the programme that I belong to anyway.

I typically use between 900 and 1,000 kw/h of electricity a year, which is around £400-500 at current prices. The last time I went on the price comparison sites (November-ish), the rates I was finding suggested that I would save £20-30 a year at most, and even then only if I signed a 24-month contract with a three-figure break fee.

So for someone who has never changed suppliers or just stayed with the one they inherited when they moved in, it's probably worth looking around, especially if the one you inherited is a bogstandard contract that doesn't give you any discount for submitting regular meter readings online. But if you've changed in the last few years, there's probably not much point, especially if you could be moving soon and don't want to be tied to a long contract.
[quote]“Many people never change their energy suppliers as it is deemed a complicated process and are not aware of the savings they could make through switching.[/quote] Actually, I suspect that the real reason why most don't is because there is now very little difference in the contracts they offer, and (like mobile phone and broadband providers) most will now lock you in to a long contract period with very little reward. Since moving to my current address in 2000 I have changed suppliers three times. On the first two occasions the savings were significant. But on the third they were negligible - £20-30 a year at most. I only switched because the new provider offered frequent flyer miles per pound spent in the programme that I belong to anyway. I typically use between 900 and 1,000 kw/h of electricity a year, which is around £400-500 at current prices. The last time I went on the price comparison sites (November-ish), the rates I was finding suggested that I would save £20-30 a year at most, and even then only if I signed a 24-month contract with a three-figure break fee. So for someone who has never changed suppliers or just stayed with the one they inherited when they moved in, it's probably worth looking around, especially if the one you inherited is a bogstandard contract that doesn't give you any discount for submitting regular meter readings online. But if you've changed in the last few years, there's probably not much point, especially if you could be moving soon and don't want to be tied to a long contract. Guy Fawkes
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4:46pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Capt. Dobie says...

I can't find an advertised deal that is cheaper than mine; mine isn't the cheapest scheme available, but adding in discounts it works out to be the cheapest.

Monthly DD & paperless billing.
I can't find an advertised deal that is cheaper than mine; mine isn't the cheapest scheme available, but adding in discounts it works out to be the cheapest. Monthly DD & paperless billing. Capt. Dobie
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