Collective Switch saves more than £1m

The Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people in excess of £1million on their energy bills through switching to a cheaper energy tariff.

The next round is now live. Residents will need to register before midnight on the 31st October in order to access the exclusive collective switch offers tariffs.

Organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with six Merseyside local authorities, the Merseyside Collective Switch was set up in 2013 to help local people to save money on their energy bills.

Collective switching works by asking people to register their interest then uses collective buying power to negotiate exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers.

To date, the scheme has delivered six rounds of collective switching. The last collective was the biggest yet, with over 7,000 people taking part and average savings of £311 a year.

Exclusive, market beating tariffs were negotiated for Merseyside residents including a fixed tariff from E.on, an offer for ‘payment on receipt of bill’ customers and a special deal for prepayment meter customers. Previous rounds of the switch have attracted exclusive offers from both the large and smaller suppliers, including British Gas, E.on, and Ovo.

In addition to the Collective Switch offer, participants are welcome to switch to any tariff on the market to find the deal that’s right for them, with tariffs shown against each other for comparison.

The scheme aims to make it easier and safer to switch supplier, and advisors are on hand to offer free and impartial help every step of the way.

It’s free to join, and there is no obligation to switch once the offers are released.

Mr David Bailey registered for the last round of the Collective Switch on behalf of his 87 year old Mother, Margaret (pictured above) who saved £1,067 through switching.

He said “I’m thrilled with the big savings made for my mother and think it’s great we are coming together as a community to get a cheaper deal on our energy bills. It was so simple and quick to do, I would recommend it to anyone.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “The Merseyside Collective Switch is a great scheme that is putting money back into the pockets of local people. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone figure of £1 million collectively saved so far. It demonstrates that by joining together, we can get a fairer deal from energy providers. I hope many more people join this round. If just 1 in 10 of you joined us we could have over £20m staying in local people’s pockets.”

Councillor Frank Hont, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Switching your energy tariff is a really quick and simple way to save money. If you haven’t switched for more than 12 months, you may be on your supplier’s most expensive tariff. The Merseyside Collective Switch is run by a local charity, is open to everybody, and there’s lots of local support available to help you to do it either on the telephone or on the web. The deals are often market beating and therefore cheaper than you can find elsewhere. I want everyone to register and find out how much you could save.”

In order to access the collective switch offers, residents must register before midnight on 31 October.

To join the Collective Switch visit http://www.LCRenergyswitch.co.ukcall the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where residents can also get free and impartial help and advice about saving energy at home

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