The latest phase of a scheme to help householders in parts of North Yorkshire save money on their energy bills starts this month.

Householders in the former Ryedale and Scarborough local authority areas can register to take part in an energy auction as part of the nationwide Big Community Switch supported by North Yorkshire Council.

The scheme, hosted by iChoosr, aims to see if householders can save money on their energy bills by securing competitive tariffs with trusted energy suppliers. Registrations open on Monday next week (November 13) ready for the auction on January 9.

The amount of money that can be saved will vary depending on individual factors, such as the current tariff, payment method, energy consumption and the winning bid. Savings, or where there are no savings, are clearly displayed in the personal offer received. There is no guarantee that an offer will be the cheapest, but the model aims to ensure most people are offered lower annual energy bills than they are currently paying or are available at the time of the offer.

North Yorkshire Council executive member for housing, Cllr Simon Myers, said: “We understand that switching energy suppliers can be a daunting task, but we hope some of our residents will be able save money through this auction.”

iChoosr is the leading collective switching expert operating in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, helping households switch to new energy suppliers. It organises domestic energy group buying schemes in the UK in collaboration with community leaders, such as councils.