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Can you switch and save with Switch Hampshire?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Want to see if you could save money on you energy bills? Then Switch Hampshire could take the hassle out of searching and switching to a better deal.

Hampshire County Council in partnership with other local authorities is running the 'Switch Hampshire' scheme to help residents see if they can get a better deal on their gas and/or electricity bills.

The scheme opens on 10 December and is a quick and easy way to find out if you could save on your energy bills. Registration is free, simply sign up or call 01962 846828.

To register with the scheme you will need to know your current tariff for gas and/or electricity and how much energy you have used over the past year either in £s or kWhs. If you don't know these details, you can contact your energy supplier to find out. Registration closes on 17th February and you will then be contacted with details of how much you could save. There is no obligation to switch supplier but if you do decide to take up the offer the switching process will be managed for you.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Income and Capital Resources, Councillor Mel Kendal, said: "Switch Hampshire could provide access to cheaper energy and has the potential to bring significant benefits to those on low incomes, the elderly and families in fuel poverty, including making a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. It can also offer an opportunity for greater savings for those who rely on electricity for heating and cooking because they are not connected to a mains gas supply. The average figure available to residents able to save from the most recent scheme was over £100*, and with the recent increase in energy prices we expect a lot more people to switch with us in the New Year."

To give small and medium businesses in Hampshire a continued opportunity to switch and save, the Switch Hampshire scheme for businesses has been extended. Businesses can now register up until 17 February to see if they can also save money on their energy bills.

Nationally, collective energy switching is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Local Government Association and consumer groups including Consumer Focus.

* Average savings offered to customers on dual-fuel and electricity only monthly direct debit tariffs.

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