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Copeland Council launches The Big Switch

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A FREE scheme to help residents save money on their energy bills has been launched by Copeland Council in partnership with iChoosr.

The Copeland Big Switch returns following two successful campaigns earlier this year, in which a high number of householders saved large amounts on their bills.

The scheme involves the organisers creating a large group of customers interested in cheaper tariffs, who then offer their custom as a group to the energy firm offering the best deal.

All a resident has to do is register using their latest energy bills, and they will receive a personalised offer revealing how much money could be saved. There is no obligation to switch.

The previous two schemes saved residents an average of £128 and £148

One resident who switched in the previous campaign was Muriel O'Toole, from Egremont. She saved £30 per month on her gas and electric bills, and said: "I'm delighted to have saved this money, and many thanks to Copeland Council for your assistance with this change."

David Moore, Copeland Council's Portfolio Holder for Nuclear and Corporate Services, said: "This is 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.

“With the recently announced increases to prices, there has never been a better time to considering switching. There’s nothing to lose by signing up.”

Copeland residents must sign up before midnight on October 9 by visiting They can also register in person at Copeland's Market Hall offices in Whitehaven or Millom.

Representatives of the scheme will be hosting a stall at Whitehaven Market on Thursday and anyone who is interested is asked to visit for more information.