Cheaper gas and electricity: You need to sign up again

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Free Press and Spalding Guardian readers who filled in our forms to switch to cheaper gas and electricity will have to sign up again if they want to take advantage of a new deal offered by South Holland District Council.

Council leader Gary Porter, who is leading “The Great South Holland Energy Switch”, had hoped to save everyone the bother of signing up twice to register their interest.

But he’s now had legal advice saying people must register again as the offer has changed to a new provider, iChoosr, through two groups of councils led by Oldham and Peterborough.

One consortium expects customers to save between £60 and £200 a year.

If you want to be able to bag the first bargain price offered, you need to be signed up by November 25 because the ‘energy auction’ delivering lower gas and electricity prices is held the next day.

Sign up is easy. Have a copy of your recent energy bill to hand and visit www.sholland.gov.uk and click on the top story, The Great South Holland Energy Switch, or visit http://southholland.ichoosr.com

Coun Porter said: “I am one of the thickest people in the world with IT and I managed to sign up this morning.”

There are other ways to register an interest if you don’t have a computer:

• Contact your ward councillor (have your current energy bills handy)

• Visit the district council offices in Priory Road, Spalding (taking in your current energy bills)

At this stage people are only registering an interest. Once the offer price is known you can then opt in or out.

Next year Coun Porter hopes to widen the offer so South Holland’s small businesses can cut their costs too.