Kirklees residents could save hundreds of pounds on their gas and electricity bills by joining a new scheme to reduce prices.
The district has joined other local authorities in Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and York to work with Community Energy Direct and consumer champions Which? to seek the best possible deal from the energy companies.
Everyone who lives in Kirklees can sign up for the deal, in which households register to switch energy supplier. Their details are passed to Which? who then invite the energy suppliers to put forward their best deal.
In addition to the possibility of cheaper energy, those signing up will have access to information on how to reduce their energy consumption, as well as energysaving products.
Council leader Mehboob Khan said: “The more who register, the more likely we are to get a better deal from the energy suppliers.
“Households can register without making any obligation to switch by making a local rate call to 0845 4502581 or visiting www.communityenergy.info.
“This is a really simple way for households to tackle the challenge of everrising gas and electricity prices.
“This scheme will also identify local community champions who will work with people in their own communities as well as organisations, charities and social groups, to develop a grassroots ‘Energysmart’ initiative which will empower local people to take charge of their energy consumption, and bring real changes and benefits to everyone who participates.”
Those who wish to register an interest in taking part in the energy switch need to do so by April.
Following this, Which? will negotiate with the gas and electricity companies to deliver the best price for energy users.
Everyone registered will then be given the option to switch to the best deal for them. If they are already on the best possible price deal, then they won’t need to switch.
Director of Community Energy Direct, Hugh Goulbourne said: “This cooperative approach to energy sourcing really will enable domestic gas and electricity users to band together to get the best possible price deal from energy suppliers.”
Kirklees is one of six local authorities across the north of England to work with Community Energy Direct as part of a £46m initiative from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to help reduce fuel poverty, increase energy efficiency and encourage communities to come together to collectively switch energy provider.
There are currently 132 local energy schemes across the country.