VIDEO: Save money on gas and electricity bills by taking part in Daventry’s Big Switch

A series of roadshow events to help residents in the Daventry District save money on gas and electricity bills will be held this month.

Launched in December, Big Switch Daventry District is aiming to harness people power in a bid to get residents a better deal on their gas and electricity bills.

Residents who register for the scheme, run by Daventry District Council in partnership with energy switching experts iChoosr, form a collective to get a better price for their energy.

Energy firms are invited to offer their best tariff in a reverse-auction process, and the more people who are in the collective, the more energy companies will compete for their custom.

It can mean far cheaper tariffs for residents, with 98 per cent of households signed up to the last auction run by iChoosr able to make savings on average of £221.

Big Switch Daventry District is one of a number of schemes across the country feeding into iChoosr’s next national auction, with 160 households in the district signed up to the collective so far and more than 6,300 registered nationally.

Registration closes on February 2, after which everyone who signed up will be sent details of the winning tariff as well as individually-tailored information about how much they could save by switching. People will have until March 16 to decide whether they want to switch. There is no obligation to accept the offer and no fees or charges involved.

To help Daventry District residents find out more, a second series of Big Switch drop-in events are taking place across the district in January. People are invited to go along with a copy of their annual energy bill to speak to Council staff about the scheme and find out how to register.

They are being held on:

• Thursday, January 15, from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Southbrook Community Hub

• Monday, January 19, from 9am-11.30am at DDC’s offices in Lodge Road

• Wednesday, January 21, from 1.30pm-4pm at DDC’s offices in Lodge Road

• Thursday, January 22, from 10:30am-midday at Long Buckby Library in Station Road

• Wednesday, January 28, from 1.30pm-4pm at Moulton Library in Doves Lane

• Monday, January 26, from 1.30pm-4pm at Brixworth Library in Spratton Road

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, Environment Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “I would urge people to dig out a copy of their most recent annual energy bill or statement and head down to their nearest roadshow. It’s a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with staff about the scheme and its benefits.

“It’s also really easy to sign-up online or by phoning the Council. The process takes five minutes and there are no fees involved or any obligation to switch at the end of the process. There’s absolutely nothing to lose by registering and the potential gains could be significant.”

Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for free by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/bigswitchdaventry or by phoning 01327 871100.