A UK first is in the making now a consortium has stepped forward to offer South Holland residents a deal equal to a massive 33 per cent cut in electricity and gas bills.
Council leader Gary Porter has been campaigning for weeks for thousands of residents to register an interest in cheaper bills.
He hoped to land a cut of ten per cent – around £100 for many people – but now a consortium has given him a firm offer of a 15 per cent cut on the CHEAPEST energy tariffs for gas and electricity currently paid by any South Holland resident.
The unnamed consortium has also offered to fit smart meters straight away to every house that switches to them – and people who go on smart meters usually save between 15 to 17 per cent of their energy bills.
Coun Porter says smart meters allow residents to check on their spending as they go and most people change their energy use habits so they spend less.
He said the roll-out of smart meters in South Holland isn’t due to start for another two years.
On top of those deals, the consortium is offering to install solar panels for those who want them at an initial cost of £3,000, followed by affordable payments, and is talking about a deal on another eco-friendly heating system.
If thousands of people register an interest now, South Holland could be the first place in the UK to take part in a mass switch to a new supplier.
Coun Porter said: “The consortium has offered to knock 15 per cent off the best deal currently paid by any resident in South Holland and there’s the added value that they will roll out smart meters straight away.
“People’s fuel bills could be one-third less than they are paying now.”
He said the consortium is a group of three companies who want to get a foothold in the market but they have asked not to be named at this stage.
Coun Porter met representatives from the consortium in Spalding on Tuesday and will talk to other companies before recommending the best deal for South Holland people.
He says his negotiating position will be strengthened if more people register an interest in switching.
By lunchtime today, around 747 people had registered but Coun Porter wants the number to soar into the thousands.
• The hunt is now on for the cheapest energy deal in South Holland – so please tell us what you pay per unit for gas and electricity, your name and address – and the name of your energy supplier. Send your letters to The Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.
• To register an interest in switching supplier – and there is no commitment for you to actually do so – please fill in the coupon on this page and send it to us at Priory House, contact your ward councillor, visit the council offices in Priory Road, Spalding, or go online to www.sholland.gov.uk and click on the news story headlined ‘Support Fairer Fuel Deal Ahead of Crunch Talks’.
• People “locked” in energy deals are urged to join the hundreds signing up. Coun Porter says the deal struck will now almost certainly outweigh any penalties charged for leaving your current supplier – and the eventual deal could still be with your existing supplier and save you cash.