Scheme aim is to save on energy bills

Northumberland residents could be saving hundreds of pounds on their energy bills through a collective purchasing scheme.

Since the Ready to Switch scheme launched in December 2012, more than 10,000 Northumberland households have registered and those who switched have saved an average of over £100 per year on their energy bills.

The collective purchasing scheme works by enabling residents throughout the county to combine as a single powerful unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills.

An auction then takes place and the supplier who offers the cheapest tariffs gets to offer residents a new contract.

Personal offer letters and emails will be sent to residents who register.

Customers of the early rounds of the scheme need to register again in order to take part in the current round.

As a further incentive, those who tell their friends and family about the scheme will be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s free electricity and gas.

To be in with a chance entrants need to get five or more new registrants to join the current auction.

Those who register will automatically be sent a ‘tell a friend’ email with a unique link which can then be emailed to friends and family.

Northumberland county councillor Alan Hepple said: “If you would like to take part in this round of switching you have until October 13.

“With our ready to switch prize draw then you have even more of an incentive to take part as well as the money that you would be saving.”

To register visit or call 0845 600 6400.