People power could help cash-conscious residents shave hundreds of pounds off their energy bills when a money-saving scheme returns this autumn.
Householders are being urged to cash-in on lower energy tariffs by getting behind the Big Switch and Save scheme.
West Norfolk Council is running the initiative for the second time, aiming to help even more people save money on their gas and electricity.
The collective switching scheme works like a reverse auction, with energy suppliers offering their best tariffs to customers looking to change their supplier.
But by grouping together with other households, it is possible to negotiate even lower prices than an individual switching on their own.
The last time the authority ran the scheme in April, residents who took part saved an average of £139.
People have until October 15 to register for the latest round of the Big Switch and Save, and it is free to sign up.
After the registration period ends, a one-day auction will take place where switching specialist iChooser will negotiate a deal for the West Norfolk group.
Applicants are then informed how much they could save and decide whether to accept the offer.
The borough council said the scheme is an easy way for people to make the most of their household budget.
Councillor Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for community, said: “With winter approaching, it is especially important for people to make sure they’re getting the best deal from their gas and electricity suppliers.
“By acting together, people are more likely to receive an attractive offer from the energy companies. There is nothing to lose and possibly great savings to be made.”
The scheme applies to gas and electricity, and collective fuel oil buying schemes have recently been added.
You can register online at www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk, by phone on 01553 616200 or in person at the borough council offices in Chapel Street, Lynn.