Paper free prize winner


A Northumbrian Water customer from Teesside has won a cash prize of £500 simply by cutting out paper bills.

Michael Zuk from Middlesbrough was selected at random from more than 660 customers who signed up for the water company’s electronic billing service between January 2013 and April 2013.

Northumbrian Water’s free, e-billing service, which was launched in 2007, allows customers to view, pay and manage bills securely online, with an e-mail alert when new bills arrive. More than 34,500 Northumbrian Water customers are currently using this service.

The competition, which was sponsored by billing software provider MyBillsOnline, was an incentive to encourage customers to ditch traditional paper bills in favour of a simple, hassle-free and paper saving online option.

Winner Michael, said: “I’m really surprised. I never usually win anything. I entered the competition while we were on the website to apply for a water saving kit as we applied for a few other things while we were online.

“I am going to give the money to my wife as she looks after me so it’ll be nice to look after her.”

Northumbrian Water’s free, e-billing service is currently available to all customers who bank with either Lloyds TSB, The Royal Bank of Scotland or NatWest. Customers of other banks can also manage their bills online through the MyBillsOnline service direct from the Northumbrian Water’s website.

The customer friendly service includes:
• receiving bills on-line;
• receiving email alerts when a new bill arrives;
• viewing bill details from multiple companies (only if you register via your bank);
• making payments when it is convenient to you;
• keeping an on-line record of multiple bills

To find out more and register for e-billing go to

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