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Copeland Council launch energy-saving scheme

The council say the scheme will save residents huge amounts on their energy bills Photo: PA

Copeland Council has launched a free scheme that they say will save local residents money on their energy bills.

The Copeland Big Switch scheme involves organisers creating a large group of customers interested in cheaper tariffs, and then offering their custom as a group to an energy firm offering the best deal.

The council say the previous scheme offered earlier this year, saved a number of householders large amounts on their bills. 72 per cent of those who registered have saved an average £128.

Local residents only have to register using their latest energy bills, and then they will receive a personalised offer revealing how much money could be saved.

This a great way of using our power as a community to benefit everyone.

Energy bills can be difficult for vulnerable residents, and this scheme will help people get the best deal and, hopefully, not have to worry.

But it is not just for those struggling to afford their energy bill - everyone can sign up as this offers the chance of great savings for minimum effort.

– David Moore, Copeland Council's portfolio holder for nuclear and corporate services

There is no obligation to switch. The scheme is run by ichoosr in partnership with Citizens Advice and Age UK.