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18 November 2012, 07:46
The bargaining power of Norwich’s Big Switch and Save project has been given a massive boost to cut the city's energy bills with the news that thousands more people will be involved.
More than 1,000 Norwich householders have signed up for the scheme and the opportunity for more to join remains available until Sunday 25 November.
What’s more, four other British collective switching projects are set to join the Norwich group at the energy auction stage, which will swell the number of signs ups to more than 18,000.
Norwich’s Big Switch and Save is a ten-week scheme. In the first six weeks householders can sign up to register their interest. Once registration closes, there is a one-day auction during which our switching specialist partner will negotiate the best deal possible for our group and the other collectives joining us.
All those who registered will then receive a personal offer informing them of the exact amount they stand to save and then they have four weeks to decide whether to make the final switch. There are no costs or obligations at any point.
The larger the group involved in the auction, the better the bargaining power - and the better the chance of getting the lowest deal possible.
Bert Bremner, cabinet member with responsibility for Norwich’s Big Switch and Save said: “It’s fantastic that so many people in the city are signing up.
“And it’s extremely exciting to hear that our bargaining power to get a better energy deal for our group this winter has been improved as we join forces with other collective switching groups.
“There is still more than a week to go, so, more than ever I’d urge householders in the Norwich City Council area to sign up and find out what they could save.”
To register online log on to www.norwich.gov.uk and click on the Norwich’s Big Switch and Save logo. You’ll need an energy bill handy. The easy step by step process will guide you through registration but if you do need assistance you can call 0800 0988994.
Alternatively you can register ‘offline’ by contacting the city council on 0344 980 3333. We will arrange to carry out the registration with you over the telephone via a call back appointment or pre-booked visit to City Hall.