|Residents urged to take action to avoid winter fuel hikes
Wigan Borough residents who are worried about their energy bills rising this winter can look for a better deal by using a new comparison website.
As part of the Better Energy Deals scheme, Wigan Council has worked closely with other Greater Manchester authorities to launch the www.betterenergydeals.org.uk website. It has been created after some of the big energy companies announced they will be increasing their rates over the winter, leaving many families struggling to pay their bills.
The website was recently launched and borough residents are being asked to visit it before the price rises come into effect, as it will give them the opportunity to find out how much they could save by changing to another supplier.
Residents just need to enter their post code and information about how much they are currently paying to find suggestions for alternative suppliers offering cheaper contracts.
Households using a similar comparison website can save an average of £141 from their energy bills, while some people have saved as much as £331.
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, said: “The announcement from several of the big energy companies that they will be increasing their prices this winter has caused a great deal of concern for Wigan Borough residents.
"They can have their worries eased however if they visit this website. It has information about energy deals currently available and will help them find out how much money they could save if they switched to a different energy provider."
The scheme will run until Christmas. If you would like more advice about the scheme or are unsure of which energy deal is best for you, call 0800 988 2426.