Sign up to cut energy bills

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TIME is running out for people to cut their energy bills by signing up to a groundbreaking scheme.

The Collective Switching scheme works by getting people from across Sunderland to join forces to negotiate cheaper energy bills.

Everyone who registers is put together in a lot and energy providers then bid for their business by offering them the best available prices.

Sunderland City Council introduced the scheme in response to rising energy prices and an increase in the number of people living in fuel poverty.

But with the auction window closing on October 13, people are being encouraged to sign up now if they want to take advantage of the money saving scheme.

Coun Graeme Miller, portfolio holder for health, housing and adult services, who has signed up for the scheme himself, said: “This is a great opportunity for people in Sunderland to come together to save money, and the more people sign up, the bigger the potential savings.”

Residents interested in joining the scheme can sign up online at or by calling 08000 488 285.

Registration is easy and free but people will need a copy of their most recent energy bill to complete the process.