Deadline looms for money-saving energy switch

Community news and events from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston
Community news and events from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

Today is the final day Boston residents can sign up to the energy switch scheme and save money on their gas and electricity bills.

Those in the Boston area who took advantage of previous Linconshire Energy Switch Scheme offers saved up to £199.

Don’t delay – the deadline is today – at 4.30pm for phone callers and midnight for those who register online.

Coun Mike Gilbert, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, property and community, and himself a previous cash-saving energy switcher, said: “The council has worked hard to try and reach all residents in the borough to give everyone the opportunity to cut their energy bills but we can’t sign households up automatically. Sign up today to help yourself and your local community to get a better deal. Your chance to participate will expire today (Monday, October 13). Sign up, wait for your personalised offer to arrive and then choose whether to take it or not. There is no long list of complicated packages to compare, just one choice. It really is a straightforward way of saving money.”

It is easy to register:

Go to www.boston.gov.uk/LESS to register your details.

If you don’t have internet access, a friend or family member can do this on your behalf; or You can call 01529 301990, or visit the council’s offices in Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston.

All you need are your previous bills which will have the details of your current tariff and your annual usage.

Once you have registered your interest in switching, the energy suppliers will be invited to compete with their best offers. When the auction is completed, you will receive your personal offer based on your annual usage but there is no obligation to take up the winning supplier’s tariff offer.

The scheme is free to join and anyone can register, whether you rent your home or own it, whether you are on dual fuel, electric only, pay monthly or quarterly or have a prepayment meter. And you don’t have to live in Lincolnshire.

This scheme is open to all in the UK – so let your friends and relatives further afield know about it.

In the most recent auction, held in June, the average saving for the Lincolnshire households that took up their offer was £179 per year - £199 in the Boston area. And there was a market leading tariff for pre-payment meters.