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Hertfordshire County Council encourages Ready to Switch scheme to help residents tackle energy costs
Bill-payers across the county are being given advice on how they heat their homes – despite it still being midsummer.
Hertfordshire County Council admits it is ‘strange’ to be trying to get residents to sign up to an initiative aimed at helping reduce expensive heating bills while the hot weather continues.
But it recommends that people act now to get the maximum benefit from the Ready to Switch scheme, which works by combining the buying power of the county’s residents with that of two million others from across the country.
The idea is that bill-payers get to see the lowest energy prices, and the county council says this can help save up to £300 on their annual gas and electricity bills.
Councillor Derrick Ashley said: “It might seem strange to start talking about heating bills in the middle of summer, but this is exactly the right time to look into how you can keep your gas and electricity bills down this winter.
“Our Ready to Switch scheme is a great way to check that you aren’t paying over the odds for your energy and makes finding a cheaper deal on your energy bills as simple as a click of a mouse.
“All you have to do is put in some basic information, then the system does all the calculations for you.
“After the closing date, you’re emailed with details of how much money you could save, then with one click you can switch.”
After signing up to the scheme, bill-payers are under no obligation to accept the deal offered to them.
Cllr Ashley added: “As well as knowing that you’re getting a good deal, for every resident who switches energy supplier, our ‘Keep Warm, Stay Well’ campaign receives a referral fee.
“The scheme supports vulnerable residents - young and old - who are struggling to keep warm in their homes.”
To take part in the scheme and to find out more visit www.hertsdirect.org/readytoswitch before October 15.
If you don't have access to the internet, you can get help to sign up using a public computer at a library.
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