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Big Community Switch returns to Colchester
8:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A SCHEME which helped hundreds of Colchester residents land lower power bills will return next week.
Colchester’s Big Community Switch, which uses collective buying power to try and secure gas and electricity bill savings, will be launched on Tuesday.
The first scheme, in April, saw 839 Colchester residents register. Those who chose to switch knocked an average of £50 off their bills, while some were also given cash incentives by providers hoping to lure them.
Second time around, there will be more support for people with little or no internet access.
Residents must supply an email address and a recent bill showing annual home energy usage and their tariff.
Everyone who registers will be contacted after a national auction on October 16 with details of the energy company which offers the best deal and their household’s potential savings. However, savings are not guaranteed.
But up to five households can be registered on one email address, while more support is being offered for anyone without an email account or computer.
Colchester Council has set up a 24-hour automated information line - 01206 507555 - where people can request a step-by-step factsheet on setting up an email.
Residents can also use computers run by Signpost Resource Centre at Greenstead Library if they book in advance.
The Colchester Learning Shop, in St Nicholas Street, offers basic IT courses, and people taking part can use the sessions to set up an email account.
The Customer Service Centre and libraries across the borough have self-serve computers for residents to complete the online registration.
To take part, visit www.colchester.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch from next Tuesday until Tuesday, October 15.
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