Cut the cost of your energy
by signing up to collective switch
REGISTRATION is now open for the
Collective Switch scheme which has so far saved consumers on Merseyside more
than ?1 million in energy costs.
Merseyside, along with North Wales, has the highest average cost for gas and
electricity in the country; with the average default bill of ?1,197.
As the region also has one of the lowest average incomes in the country, people
are paying a whopping 7.7% of their average income on energy; the highest in
According to Ofgem ⅔ of households are paying more than they should
because they are on their energy supplier's standard tariff; and could save up
to ?352 per year by switching.
Merseyside's local authorities in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens
and Wirral are working with a local charity called Energy Projects Plus to help
people switch to a cheaper rate.
The Merseyside Collective Switch uses the collective buying power of those who
register to take part, to negotiate exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers. The
tariffs negotiated in previous rounds have often been the cheapest on the market
and exclusive to the Collective Switch.
To join the 'Collective Switch'
online or call
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.
Mrs Appleby from Wallasey took part in the last round in November. She said:-
"I was delighted to find that my monthly payments have dropped from ?115 per
month to ?74 per month; incredible!"
Previous rounds of the switch have attracted exclusive offers from both the
large and smaller suppliers, including:- British Gas, E.on, EDF Energy and Ovo,
and have included offers for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as
well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill.
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 service is free, and there's no
obligation to switch if you decide not to.
Mayor of Liverpool and Chair of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Joe
Anderson, said:- "The Merseyside Collective Switch is a great scheme that
is putting money back into the pockets of local people. It demonstrates that by
joining together, we can get a fairer deal from energy providers. I hope many
more people join this round."
Registration closes at midnight, on Monday, 13 February 2017.