Feeling the pinch this Christmas? It’s that time of year when our over-indulgence and generosity both make managing our finances seriously challenging.

Couple this with high heating costs required to combat the cold weather and the festive period can soon leave your wallets and purses feeling rather light.

However, with Peterborough City Council’s low-cost locally-owned energy tariff – Peterborough Energy – you can afford to give that extra gift this Christmas. Launched in 2015 in partnership with OVO Energy, Peterborough Energy has so far saved over 5,500 residents on average £233 per year on their energy bills.

As well as significantly reducing your bills, you can also receive a £20 Gift Card for every friend you refer to the scheme. Media officer Mark Pearson, who took advantage of the scheme’s generosity, said: “I referred a colleague after having switched myself and seen the benefits of low cost energy. The process is simple and the website is great to use. I bought some new headphones and now I’m always keeping an eye out for more people to refer!”  

In addition, Peterborough Energy offers a 3% interest reward on all accounts that are in credit and award-winning customer service from uSwitch Supplier of the Year 2014 and 2015 OVO Energy.

The scheme has already scooped up the Best Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Award at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards – and was nominated for the Best Resident Engagement on Energy Savings at the SHIFT Awards in November.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, who leads on the council’s energy strategy, said: “This is fantastic recognition for a scheme that has helped 5,500 Peterborough households switch to a cheaper tariff. It shows that many people are simply paying far too much for their gas and electricity and we are particularly proud of the citywide £1.4 million savings that have so far been made.”

Peterborough Energy has two dedicated Energy Advisors to assist you with switching and offer simple energy saving advice. To book a free, 15-minute home visit call the Green Energy Switch team on 01733 646272.

For more information visit or call 0800 408 6706 for Pay Monthly inquiries or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go.