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Issue:- Thursday, 29 September 2016

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Supplier switching scheme opens for another round of savings

A Merseyside resident has spoken of how he managed to save his elderly mum more than 1,000 off her energy bills by taking part in an innovative Merseyside wide scheme.

Bromborough resident David Bailey signed his mother Margaret up for the last round of the Merseyside Collective Switch after reading about the savings that could be made on fuel bills.

The idea behind:- 'collective switching' is that the greater the number of people looking to switch the greater the negotiating power to secure exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers.

Mr Bailey, who saved his mum 1,067 through switching, 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.''

The Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people in excess of 1million on their energy bills through switching to a cheaper energy tariff.

To date, the scheme has delivered 6 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. The 7th round is now open for registration.

Residents will need to register before midnight on the 31 October 2016 in order to access the exclusive collective switch offers tariffs.

Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "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."

Organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with the 6 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 using collective buying power to negotiate exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers.

Previous rounds of the switch have attracted exclusive offers from both the large and smaller suppliers, including:- British Gas, E.on, and Ovo. The offers have included fixed tariffs, tariffs for 'payment on receipt of bill' customers and tariffs for prepayment meter customers.

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 to switch supplier and advisors are on hand to offer free and impartial help every step of the way.

To join the Collective Switch visit:- LCREnergySwitch.Co.UK or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone:- 0800 043 0151.

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