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Don't miss the chance to see if you can lower your energy bills

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The City of York Council has announced that even more York residents can now benefit from big savings on their gas and electricity bills by switching tariffs over the next month.

City of York Council is partnering up with energy switching experts iChoosr again to make it easy and simple for residents to consider switching their energy tariffs - and residents who refer at least five other people to the scheme and go on to swap supplier themselves have the chance to win free energy for a year, up to the value of £1200.

Figures from the Council show that 751 residents signed up to the scheme last year locally and over 36,000 people registered across the UK as part of the wider national Big Community switch.

In York, 242 residents switched which resulted in an average saving per person of £169 over the year. That’s a potential saving of over £40,000 across the city.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Planning and Sustainability said: “Energy prices are always big news and everyone’s talking about ‘The Big Six’ energy providers and the series of energy price hikes by these major suppliers. This Energy Switch scheme is about us locally helping our residents get the best possible deal on their energy bills, whilst helping to reduce damaging climate change emissions. Hundred’s of resident’s saved big money last year – with up to £169 a year - and we’re hoping to do the same again this year.”

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, said: “There are many residents in York who can benefit from schemes like this, which play a vital role in reducing fuel poverty for residents who are on low household incomes or who struggle with unaffordable energy costs. Our intention is to ensure that as many vulnerable people as possible benefit from this energy scheme and given the success of the scheme last year we hope to continue running similar schemes like this again and again.”

To find out more about the scheme, or to register your interest, please click here.

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