04 March 2016

Switchers save hundreds of pounds

​PEOPLE across Chorley are saving hundreds of pounds a year on their household fuel bills thanks to a service being run by Chorley Council.
We have an independent advisor who will ‘hand hold’ people through the whole process, find the right tariff for their needs and will help them to switch supplier if they choose to do so


​The council launched its energy switch advice service in June 2014 and since then 286 people have switched energy supplier saving a total of £69,871.


One person saved an amazing £603 a year just by switching supplier, and the average saving to customers who have switched is £244.50 a year.


Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees the welfare of residents for Chorley Council, said: “This free service we offer really is helping people make great savings on their annual energy costs as these figures are showing.


“Residents are realising more and more that there are savings to be had by switching energy supplier - according to the independent energy watchdog Ofgem the number of households who switched their energy supplier rose by 15 per cent in 2015.


“However, not everyone feels confident enough to go through what may seem to be quite a complicated process, which is why we launched our service.


“We have an independent advisor who will ‘hand hold’ people through the whole process, find the right tariff for their needs and will help them to switch supplier if they choose to do so.”


The scheme, partially funded by Lancashire County Council through its Affordable Warmth Grant,  also operates a call-back system to make sure the switch goes smoothly and so should there be any issues at all, they can be resolved quickly and easily. 


For those people who want to learn more about the internet and to find out how to switch, the council’s advisor can teach them which sites to use with confidence and help them get the best deals using their own laptop or tablet.


Appointments are available at the council’s Union Street offices on a Monday and Tuesday.


Councillor Dunn added: “I would urge people to give us a call on 01257 515151 or email contact@chorley.gov.uk and book an appointment - it costs you nothing but an hour of your time and it could save you a fortune on your energy bills!”