Switch to a better energy deal

Fancy saving money on your energy bills?

Householders from across the region are invited to join the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Collective Switch to see how much they could save on their energy bills.

Organised by Wirral-based charity, Energy Projects Plus, together with the Liverpool City Region local authorities, the scheme aims to reduce people’s energy bills by using collective buying power to negotiate cheaper tariffs from energy suppliers.

Anyone can join the LCR Collective Switch, regardless of current supplier or payment methods. Those who have never switched their energy supplier or who haven’t switched in the last 12 months, are likely to benefit most from the collective switch. The scheme aims to make it safer and easier to switch supplier and householders could typically save £189 per year on their energy bills.

The period of registration, when people can opt to join the collective switch, is open from 15th April to 3rd June 2013. By registering their details, householders will help give weight to the scheme by increasing its bulk buying power. They also need to register in order to receive information about, and benefit from, the tariffs that have been negotiated through the collective switch.

The LCR Collective Switch is backed by Halton Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and Wirral Council. It’s free to join and householders will be able to see how much they would save before they decide if they want to switch suppliers.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who leads on low carbon issues for the City Region, said: “This is a great opportunity for the people of the Liverpool City Region to join together and collectively benefit from reduced energy bills. We know that people in our region are concerned by rising fuel prices. This scheme could help people save hundreds of pounds a year simply by switching to a cheaper tariff. There’s nothing to lose, so I would encourage everyone to join in and see how much they could save by collectively switching.”

Householders can join the collective switch by registering online at www.LCRenergyswitch.co.uk or by calling 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.