by Iain Roberts on 4 January, 2013
Residents across Greater Manchester are being encouraged to start the New Year by slashing their fuel bills by up to £250.
The project harnesses ‘people power’ from across Greater Manchester to join a ground breaking collective energy switching scheme that could mean large reductions in the cost of heating their homes.
The combined bulk purchasing scheme, administered by Oldham Council, already has over 8,000 households signed up.
As the cold weather continues, residents can register their interest in the collective bulk buy scheme, to be launched on January 2nd, by visiting www.stockport.gov.uk/energyswitch or phoning 0800 009 3363.
Residents are invited to register their interest in combining their purchasing power. Under the scheme, the group then enters a ‘reverse auction’ and gets a cheaper deal together on gas and electricity from energy companies.
Residents need to provide a copy of their current energy bill to register an interest before the scheme closes on January 28th. Anyone who enters will receive an offer for a new rate which they do not have to accept. Interest is also invited from residents who use prepayment meters.
Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, Executive Member for Sustainable Futures at Stockport Council, said: “Many residents don’t have the time to look around for the best deal from energy providers, or don’t know where to start. I would urge people to look at this Council-backed scheme which gives them the chance to combine their purchasing power with people across Greater Manchester. Working together the people in the scheme make a big prize for the energy companies, but if you don’t like the deal you are offered you don’t have to switch. People have nothing to lose by signing up and they could make a significant saving on their energy bills. At a time of rising fuel costs, it is an opportunity that few can afford to miss.”6 Comments