‘Sign up for discount electricity’

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BICESTER residents could soon sign up for cheaper electricity thanks to a new ‘collective switching’ scheme.

The more residents sign up to the scheme, the better the deal is likely to be from energy providers.

Cherwell District Council hopes to work in partnership with iChoosr, a firm set up to negotiate collective buying schemes.

Retail energy prices have more than doubled over the past eight years. The Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) estimates the average household fuel bill was approximately £600 in 2004 compared with £1,310 in 2012.

Councillor Nigel Morris, CDC’s lead member for clean and green, said: “We view having power to your home and putting food on the table as basic human rights.

“Families should not have to choose between the two, so we are doing what we can to help avoid that.”

Email climatechange@cherwell-dc.gov.uk to express an interest in CDC’s collective switching scheme.