Join together to cut your energy bills

Published on: Monday, 19-January-2015

If you’re looking to save money on your energy bills, have a look at the latest Collective Switch for Merseyside.

The Switch Together, Save Together scheme is organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, and is backed by Knowsley Council, alongside the other Merseyside local authorities.

The last Merseyside Collective Switch took place in September and saved residents an average of £203 a year, with the top saver saving £825 a year.

Collective switching works by asking people to register their interest, then using collective buying power to negotiate an exclusive tariff from energy suppliers. The exclusive tariff is only available to those who register for the collective switch.

Previous rounds of the Merseyside Collective Switch have attracted exclusive offers from E.on, British Gas, Npower, Scottish Power, The Co-operative Energy and Good Energy and have included tariffs for direct debit, payment on receipt of bill and prepayment customers. The last two collectives have included deals that were the cheapest on the market and only available to those who registered.

Stephen Dingsdale from Prescot took part in the collective switch and saved £320 a year on his energy bills. He 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.” 

So far, over £424,000 has been saved by Merseyside householders switching their tariff through the Merseyside Collective Switch, and £23,000 has been saved by Knowsley residents alone.

Ellie Abernethy, Project Manager of the scheme at Energy Projects Plus said “We’re all feeling the pinch at this time of year, and the rising cost of energy can be a real strain on household budgets. This is a great opportunity for the people of Merseyside to join together and collectively benefit from reduced energy bills. This collective switch hopes to be the biggest yet, and we’re aiming to get some great deals for the people of Merseyside. It’s free and easy to join, we’ll let you know how much you could save before you switch and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to. There’s nothing to lose. I would encourage everyone to join in and see how much they could save by switching.”

The offers will be announced on Monday 2 March and you need to register before then in order to find out about the exclusive deals.

You can join the collective switch at http://www.lcrenergyswitch.co.uk/ or by calling the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get free and impartial help and advice about saving energy at home.