District Council promote energy switch scheme as deadline approaches


With warmer weather upon us, East Lindsey District Council are reminding residentS not to forget about the cost of upcoming energy bills next winter.

This, they say is an ideal time to register for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme as the scheme could help households to save money in the coming months.

In the first round of the scheme, which finished in March, the average savings for households who switched was £186 a year. The District Council advise, any household which has never switched energy supplier or has not switched for a long time is probably paying too much.

To register, all you need is a recent gas or electricity bill which shows your current tariff and your energy consumption. Then visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/savenow to register your details or call on 01529 301990 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

There is no obligation to switch so there is nothing to lose by registering.

The deadline to register is Monday, June 9.

Whether you rent your home or own it, whether you are on dual fuel, electric only or have a prepayment meter – everyone is encouraged to register.

You don’t even have to live in Lincolnshire as the scheme is open to anyone in the country, meaning friends and family can also register, wherever they live.

Checking your energy tariff is just one thing you can do to manage your energy bills.

East Lindsey District Council also advis there are a number of simple things you can do to reduce how much energy you use:

- Fit draught excluders to your front door, letter box and keyhole;

- Close your curtains at dusk and stop the heat escaping;

- Open internal doors of any rooms which get more sun than others and let the warm air travel around your home;

- Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow the heat to circulate around the room;

- Get to know how your heating controls work – and use them. Adjust your heating as the weather changes;

- Defrost your freezer regularly as it will run more efficiently;

- Give your clothes a day in the sun and give your tumble drier a break;

- When boiling the kettle, only put in the amount of water that you need;

- Don’t leave your mobile phone on charge all night;

- Try not to leave TVs, DVD players, etc on standby.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Sandra Harrison, said: “We are always keen to look at new ways to help residents reduce their monthly outgoings and registering for the Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme could save a worthwhile amount on energy bills and it is an easy process.”

For residents who use heating oil, Community Lincs’ Community Oil Buying Scheme has bought over 360,000 litres of oil for members since 2012, with an average saving of 5p per litre - £25 per 500 litres.

Visit: www.communitylincs.com/community-oil-buying-scheme for more information on heating oil savings.