GCC urges residents to switch energy companies together
12:01pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
ANOTHER round of steep energy price rises has prompted Gloucestershire County Council to re-issue its call to consumers to join forces to get a better deal on their bills.
After British Gas and SSE announced price hikes of 9.2 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively last week, GCC responded by urging residents to sign up to its Big Community Switch scheme.
The bulk-buying initiative, which is being co-ordinated by the county council, allows Gloucestershire’s residents to come together to negotiate cheaper bills.
If a large number of people want to change supplier together, the thinking goes, they are more likely to get a better deal than just one person shopping around and switching on their own.
And GCC says the more households that register their interest in switching, the more attractive it becomes for an energy supplier to offer a competitive price and the more likely consumers are to achieve significant savings.
GCC’s Conservative leader Cllr Mark Hawthorne said: “Switching energy supplier is often the best way to save money on your bills, but the process of applying can often put people off.
“That’s why we are supporting this scheme and we hope as many people as possible will take part.
“All you need is a recent energy bill and the Big Community Switch will do the rest of the work and hopefully get you a better deal.”
Anyone who thinks they may want to be a part of the initiative should register their interest with the county council by November 18 either by visiting www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch or by calling 01452 425757 between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
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