Residents who want to stay toasty warm throughout winter without burning a hole in their pocket are being urged to switch energy supplier using a newly launched Greater Manchester comparison site.
The special site www.betterenergydeals.org.uk has been set up the Greater Manchester councils as the energy firms announced they would be ramping up charges during the critical winter months.
The easy-to-use site asks consumers for their postcode and how much they are currently paying to help find them a better deal. One resident has already saved £335 a year simply by logging on and making the switch.
Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can compare prices by phoning 0800 988 2426.
The move follows the Greater Manchester energy switching scheme earlier this year in which householders from across the authority areas were asked to join two reverse auctions to generate a cheaper deal for their gas and electricity which they could choose to either accept or reject.
More than 40,000 people took part in the auction, with an average saving of £122 per household. Another auction will be taking place in the new year. Running alongside the better energy deal is Get Me Toasty, a scheme which helps people shave pounds off their energy bills by taking advantage of free or part-funded loft and cavity wall insulation, boiler replacements and other home energy improvements.
Rochdale Council is working with approved installer Dyson Energy Services on the scheme which, when combined with the better energy deals campaign, could save consumers a packet on their bills.
Speaking on the day that the government denied they were putting pressure on energy firms to keep prices frozen until 2015, Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, Assistant to the Cabinet Member for Housing at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “with energy firms continuing to pile the pressure on financially stretched households, consumers can sometimes feel like they’re in a David and Goliath situation, but by making small changes and just finding out more about these schemes they have the power to save hundreds of pounds and that kind of money makes a big difference.”
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