The Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people in excess of £1million on their energy bills through switching to a cheaper energy tariff.
In St Helens, over £170,000 has been saved so far, with average savings in the last switch of £303 a year.
The next round launches today (Monday 5 September). Residents will need to register before midnight on the 16 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 across Merseyside.
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.
Irene Jenkins, aged 69, from St Helens saved £711 through the Merseyside Collective Switch. She said: “It was very easy and simple; I didn’t need to do a lot of work to register or when I switched. It was so stress free.”
Mr David Bailey registered for the last round of the Collective Switch on behalf of his 87 year old Mother, Margaret, who saved £1,067 through switching.
David 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.’’
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for housing services, Councillor Lisa Preston: “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 support
available. 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 Sunday 16 October.
To join the Collective Switch visit www.LCRenergyswitch.co.uk or call 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.