Club together for better energy bills

PUBLISHED: 12:22 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:22 21 January 2013

A scheme to get households together to negotiate a better deal on energy bills is being set up in Gravesham and Dartford.

The plan is to get householders to work in groups to switch energy suppliers and save money by negotiating a lower tariff by using their combined market power.

Both councils have received £20,700 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, as part of £5 million given to 31 successful bidders across the country.

Gravesham’s Cabinet member for housing Cllr Susan Howes said: “We need to find new innovative ways to help our residents in reducing their energy bills and I am delighted that we have been awarded this funding to develop such a scheme which not only has the potential to help our residents gain the best energy deals on the market but also, more importantly, to reduce fuel poverty in our borough.”

It is hoped the scheme will be in place within the next few months and details will appear on the councils’ websites soon.

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