Householders saving energy

More than 1,000 householders have signed up to source cheaper energy in the region's largest mass fuel switch scheme.

People across Kirklees, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and York have joined together to find cheaper gas and electricity deals for their homes.

The program is being led by Leeds-based Community Energy Direct, which is working in partnership with the five local authority areas.

“We're really excited that already more than 1,000 householders have realised the benefits of joining together to make this the largest cooperative energy switch scheme in Yorkshire,” said Hugh Goulbourne, a director of Community Energy Direct.

“The program only went live on February 14 and everyone who is connected with us is delighted we're making such good progress.”

Kirklees Council Leader Mehboob Khan said: “This is a great start but we would still like more people to join the scheme as this will help us achieve a better tariff for all – hopefully this is the first of many thousands we will achieve.”

“Local people have until midnight on April 17 to sign-up, without obligation, and register their interest,” added Mr Goulbourne.

“After that we will pass all the details to the consumer organisation Which?, who will then negotiate with the energy companies to source the best deal available in the marketplace.”

When the deal has been completed everyone who registered will be advised of their personal offer, and decide whether to accept it and make the switch or whether to remain with their current arrangements.

“The more people who sign-up then the greater the potential for Which? to source a really good deal,” said Mr Goulbourne.

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