FEELING the pinch over Christmas? Spare a moment from your present buying to join sessions around Blackpool about how to save money on your energy bills. You’ll be glad you did once January rolls around.
With 25 per cent of households in Blackpool living in fuel poverty Blackpool Council is hosting a series of drop-in sessions for residents to find out how to join a money saving scheme on energy bills.
Blackpool Council has joined the Ready To Switch scheme in which people sign up for a reverse auction, where companies bid to be their provider.
The lowest offered tariff then wins the contract and residents can opt in to switch to the new bills.
Coun Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We know that a quarter of Blackpool households are in fuel poverty facing a difficult winter. The more people that sign up for this scheme, the more money we can put back in their pockets. I really hope that residents take advantage of the opportunity to work together as a town to save money.
“It’s estimated that the savings could be up to £200 a year which will make a massive difference to families that are struggling to make ends meet.”
Similar schemes being held in community centres across the Fylde coast have already saved people hundreds of pounds a year on their bills.
This scheme could save locals between £40 and £200 a year.
Coun Blackburn added: “Blackpool is full of hard working families that struggle with financial pressures on a daily basis. This Council wants to help those people.
“It is a really simple process to register with no obligation to switch.
“Anyone that needs assistance can ring or pop into our Customer First Centre where our staff are ready to help.”
To find out how much you could save, take along one of your current energy bills to one of seven drops in in the next few days.
Council staff will be on hand at Blackpool Centre for Independent Living, Whitegate Drive, Customer First Centre, Corporation Street, and Central Library tomorrow.
On Friday they will be at the Blackpool Coastal Housing Office, Abingdon Street, Blackpool Town Hall and Moor Park Library, Bristol Avenue.
They will be at the Customer First Centre, Corporation Street, and Palatine Library, St Annes Road, on Monday.
For full details and times visit: www.blackpool.gov.uk
People can sign up to cheaper energy bills by visiting www.readytoswitch.co.uk