THE deadline is looming for South Lakeland householders to sign up to the second round of a pioneering energy saving scheme.

Residents have until February 25 to join the energy buying collective being promoted by South Lakeland District Council.

The authority says residents could save up to £300 a year by getting involved..

The scheme gets household bills down by negotiating with the energy companies on behalf of everyone signed up to the scheme to get the lowest tariff possible.

Early indications show that people signed up to the scheme are estimated to make savings of £60 to £300 per year.

In the first phase last September, 1,669 registered their interest in the collective from which 517 people eventually accepted their offer. This represented a switching rate of 31 per cent.

On February 26, the day after registrations close, energy companies will bid for the custom of those registered.

People can sign up either online, by telephone or by visiting one of the council's offices in Kendal, Ulverston and Windermere to give their current usage figures of gas and electricity.