We’re trying to save you money
With the nights drawing in, Christmas cards appearing in the shops and Strictly Come Dancing returning to our screens it can only mean one thing - the weather is turning cooler and it’ll soon be time to think about putting the heating on (if you haven’t already!).
Cold weather adds pounds to energy bills and as a result many residents often delay putting their heating on for as long as possible.
If you’ve not done so already, then now might be a good time to think about whether you’re getting the best deal from your energy supplier.
We’ve recently hit the 5,000 milestone for the number of households that have switched to the council’s energy tariff - Peterbor- ough Energy.
Formed by the city council and award winning national supplier OVO Energy, Peterborough Energy aims to save residents money by offering competitively priced and fair tariffs.
Collectively our 5,000 switchers have saved £1.3 million on their energy bills. I’m one of them - I switched last year and made an annual saving of £285.
The average saving for dual fuel customers who pay monthly is £248, so it’s definitely worth finding out whether you’re getting the best deal. There’s also a gas and electricity tariff available to city residents with pre-payment meters.
If you decide to switch, it’s a really quick process. All you need to do is enter a few details for a quote and then you can complete the switch online or on the phone. Peterborough Energy will also liaise with your existing energy supplier so you don’t need to.
If you want to find out more visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706 for pay monthly customers or 0800 408 6710 for Pay As You Go (PAYG).
You may have noticed that works to refresh the look and feel of the city centre have moved on to Lower Bridge Street, the area outside the magistrates’ court and the entrance to Rivergate.
The works, which began this week, will include new paving in keeping with the already redeveloped Bridge Street and Long Causeway, new seating, upgraded LED lighting including coloured uplighting to trees, more cycle parking and a new covered cycle parking shelter.
We’ve already seen the benefits of improving the public realm in other parts of the city centre with many new shops and restaurants choosing to invest in the city, which is increasing our visitor numbers. Only this week Wagamama’s opened just off Cathedral Square, new dessert restaurant Kaspa’s is due to open in the coming weeks and other new additions will be announced shortly, including a new restaurant in the former Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street.
With surrounding developments including at Fletton Quays, we are ensuring that Peterborough remains a place that people want to live and visit.
Iwas delighted to learn this week that Elton John will be performing in the city next year. We proved what a great venue the city can be hosting the likes of Bryan Adams this summer and obviously word is starting to get out. Attracting someone the calibre of Elton John is a major coup and will hopefully lead to more big name acts performing in Peterborough.
If you’re looking for a good evening in the next couple of months then tickets are on sale for the mayor’s annual sausage supper. Following the official opening of the Bridge Fair on the Embankment the mayor will host a sausage supper in the Town Hall on 4 October. Just a few weeks later there will be a Halloween ball at the Town Hall on 29 October.
Tickets for both events, which raise money for the mayor’s charities, are available by emailing email@example.com or by calling 07506 388718.
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