A campaign to help cut energy bills has been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards 2015,which recognise outstanding work by organisations that seek to improve the lives of people in their communities.
Now in their 19th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK. Energy Projects Plus is now one of six left in the running for the Outstanding Campaign of the Year Award, for their Switch Together, Save Together collective switch campaign that was delivered in conjunction with all Merseyside local authorities, social housing providers and energyhelpline.
The most recent campaign has beaten all other previous collectives and secured the cheapest tariffs currently available in the market. Averaging out at £877 a year, those registered could save a whopping £428 a year.
Elaine Cunningham from Liverpool took part in one of the previous rounds of the collective switch and saved £670 a year on her energy bills. She said, “I would definitely recommend the collective switch to others. It only took a few minutes to register, the information about the tariffs was clear and switching was quick and easy. I’m really glad that I took part because the savings are so great! If you’re not sure about switching or haven’t switched for a while, this is a good way to do it.”
Energy Projects Plus has worked to alleviate fuel poverty across Merseyside and Cheshire for nearly 20 years. Peter Owen, Chief Executive of Energy Projects Plus said “Tackling fuel poverty is not just about fuel bills but goes to the heart of health and wellbeing. We are proud to have our work recognised nationally and will use this as a spur to further action, leading on programmes that make a real difference to communities and individuals.”
The awards are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine. CIH interim chief executive Gavin Smart said: “We hope the achievements of our finalists will inspire others as they aim to provide the best possible services for residents and communities.”