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Collective Energy Switching

Posted on - March 7th, 2013

Hundreds sign up to Cheshire East Council’s Collective Energy Switching Campaign

I am pleased to announce that hundreds of people have already signed up to our Collective Energy Switching campaign in the first week of its launch. The aim of this campaign is to help our Cheshire East residents to save money on their gas and electricity bills.

Collective Energy Switching is an innovative scheme designed to place power in the hands of the consumer rather than power companies. It works by encouraging people to sign up to their local Collective Energy Switching scheme so that power companies can bid for their business during an on-line auction.

The energy company offering the best value will win the business and, the more people who sign up to the scheme, the best prices we can achieve for our residents. We are able to add extra value by conducting an on-line auction at the same time as over 50 other local authorities – creating even greater buying power.

With energy bills continually on the rise – and more people suffering fuel poverty – the Collective Energy Switching campaign aims to help tackle the problem. Cheshire East Council is committed to helping people who are finding it increasingly hard to heat their homes during the harsh winters.

We have a high profile ‘Get Together, Save Together’ marketing campaign in full swing, including billboards, newspaper articles, social media, radio, promotion, through the Council Tax booklet and events in our communities. Over the next
four weeks we will be continually encouraging residents to register their interest online, over the phone and through sign-up events taking place across the Borough.

We have plans in place to support our vulnerable residents who may have more difficulty signing up for this scheme, and will be working extensively with the Fire Service, the community and voluntary sector and our housing providers to engage
with as many people as possible.

This project is fully funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change specifically for this purpose. The scheme is free for residents to register and to switch. The scheme is open to you to take advantage of too. After all, the more people who do sign up, the better deal we can all receive on our energy bills.

Councillor Jamie Macrae

Cabinet Member for prosperity and economic regeneration

Key
Contacts:

Online registration and further details at www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/energytogether

Telephone helpline 0300 123 5035
Karen Whitehead, Private Sector Housing Manager – 01270 686653 karen.whitehead@cheshireeast.gov.uk
Beverley Walkden, Communications Officer (Media Relations) – 01270 686576 beverley.walkden@cheshireeast.gov.uk

 

 

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