1,000 rush to sign up for cheaper fuel bills

By Martin Neville

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

MORE than a thousand Islanders have already registered their interest in a new deal that could slash energy bills.

Community Action Isle of Wight is leading the Big Wight Switch to help households save money on energy bills, by negotiating cheaper energy tariffs on their behalf.

It is hoped that, by speaking as a single, more powerful unit, thousands of Islanders may be able to reduce gas and electricity bills.

It is now a race against time for Islanders to register their interest either online or over the phone before March 22, when the charity will approach the energy companies to broker a deal.

Philippa Daley, rural services officer at Community Action Isle of Wight, said around 70 per cent of those already registered were over 60, including three residents over 90, while a high proportion had never switched energy companies before and stood to gain the most.

Cllr David Pugh, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, which is supporting the scheme, said: "There has been a real cross-section response from the Island community and we would encourage as many residents as possible to register their interest.

"Those who have never switched energy companies before stand to gain the most but the scheme aims to benefit everyone."

Registering is free, with no obligation to switch providers.

Residents can find out more and register at www.bigwightswitch.co.uk or by calling 01983 539371.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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