Oxfordshire councils are offering residents the chance to join in a collective energy switching scheme to try to get lower fuel prices. Cherwell District Council have partnered with West Oxfordshire District Council, to set up Better Together Oxfordshire, designed solely to help residents save money on their gas and electricity.
Better Together Oxfordshire works by residents registering their interest between 15th February and 8th April. The councils will then group together with other local councils across the country as part of the national campaign called the Big Community Switch to run a reverse auction where energy companies compete to offer the lowest electricity and gas rates. If you’ve registered, then after the auction is completed you will be told about the auction result. The councils will compare these prices to your current bills and you can then decide whether to accept or decline our offer without any obligations.
With the average fuel bill now standing at approximately £1,350 per year (Ofgem) and rising, similar schemes run in the UK have saved residents from £60 – £200 a year. The average savings in a recent Manchester scheme were £122.