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Could you use this Herts County Council Scheme to Switch and Save?

by Nick Hollinghurst on January 2, 2013

You still have time to benefit from the HCC Switch and Save Scheme.

Hertfordshire residents wanting to save money on their energy bills have until the 29 January 2013 to sign up for a collective energy buying scheme. Launched by Hertfordshire County Council in November, the scheme works by combining the buying power of the county’s residents with that of two million others from across the country. There is no obligation to switch supplier, but each household has the potential to save up to £200 a year.

If you have been nervous of switching before, or don’t feel confident about shopping around, this could be the scheme for you. The county council will be negotiating on your behalf to get a really good deal for everyone. Energy suppliers will be invited to bid their lowest price to everyone signed up to the scheme. Residents then have three weeks to decide whether to switch to the new low price supply or stay with their current supplier.

 The Leader of the Council said: “The collective switching scheme is an excellent way for Hertfordshire’s residents to save money on their energy bills, without having to talk to all the suppliers individually. “After signing up to the scheme, bill-payers are under no obligation to accept the deal offered to them so they really are in a win-win situation. They get to see the lowest priced energy around but can say no to the offer if they choose to.”

The easiest way to participate in the scheme and to find out more is by visiting www.hertsdirect.org/readytoswitch . If you don’t have access to the internet, you can get help to sign up using a public computer at your local library. So far nearly 7500 people nationwide have already registered for the scheme. The more people that register, the cheaper you bills could get– so even more incentive to encourage friends and family to sign up as well.

Cllr Nick Hollinghurst, County Councillor for Tring & the Villages added: “This is an initiative from the Coalition Government which is being launched here in Hertfordshire with all-party support. Not only can residents get a useful reduction in their energy bills, but for every resident who switches supplier, a referral fee will be paid into the county’s  ‘Keep Warm, Stay Well’ scheme. This helps vulnerable residents – both young and old – with the cost of keeping warm in their homes.”

 That’s two good reasons to sign up – (1) you can save yourself money and (2) you can also help the county help our most vulnerable residents!

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