Channel 4 star hoping to save households hundreds of pounds at village hall event

Countdown�s Rachel Riley will be in Winkleigh this Saturday. Picture: ContributedCountdown�s Rachel Riley will be in Winkleigh this Saturday. Picture: Contributed

Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley will be visiting Winkleigh this Saturday (January 27) to help people save money on their energy bills.

The Channel 4 star is teaming up with uSwitch to launch a national campaign to encourage residents to think about switching their energy provider.

Research by uSwitch shows that Winkleigh has one of the lowest switching rates in the country – they say that by switching providers, households could be up to £412 a year better off.

The price comparison site also claims that more than 90 per cent of homes in the village are stuck on expensive Standard Variable Tariffs – far higher than the national average.

A special ‘switching clinic’ will be running at Winkleigh Village Hall from 10am to 4pm.

Speaking ahead of the event, switching ambassador Rachel, who also co-hosts Countdown comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, said: “We want to show people how simple it is to switch and reduce your bills, keeping more of your own money in your pocket to spend on whatever you like.

“Working out exactly which deal is best for your family can seem daunting, that’s why I’m joining forces with uSwitch to help people easily switch, save and win.

“Winkleigh can show the nation how simple it is to start enjoying the important things in life.

“Grab your bill and come and see us in the village hall. There’s over half a million pounds to save that could be staying in your pocket, leaving you to start the year with more to spend on the things you love.”

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon added: “It is important that my constituents have the ability to switch with ease from one electricity or gas supplier to another.

“There has been a significant increase in competition; in 2010 the ‘big six’ suppliers had 99 per cent of the domestic energy market but there are now over 50 providers, with independent suppliers making up 18 per cent of the energy market.

“I am pleased that uSwitch will be helping my constituents find the best value for money deals on their electricity or gas supply and encourage them to ‘get switching’ on Saturday.”