'People Power' set to save residents £2m across Lancashire through energy switching scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:11 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 February 2013

'People Power' set to save residents £2m across Lancashire through energy switching scheme

'People Power' set to save residents £2m across Lancashire through energy switching scheme

Residents across Lancashire could save more than £2m as part of a county-wide energy switching scheme.

Residents across Lancashire could save more than 2m as part of a county-wide energy switching scheme. The initiative called People Power is led by the 13 local councils which could see energy savings of up to 250 per household over the year, if the target of just 15,000 residents signs up to the scheme.

As the old adage goes there is strength in numbers and by coming together as one collective there are significant savings to be made through People Power and the bulk buying approach. The principle is tried and tested but this is the first time it is being run by the councils across Lancashire and it could have a significant impact on the cost of heating and lighting homes which is even more important during the current economic downturn which has seen household bills increase by 40% since 2007 and amid fears of higher bills in the future.

Residents are therefore being urged to review their bills and combine their purchasing power in the innovative scheme to ensure they get the very best energy deal possible. Register at www.peoplepower.co.uk before midnight on 8th April giving details of your most recent energy usage to express your interest in joining the scheme.

Gemma Johnson, CEO of money-saving website, MyFamilyClub.co.uk said: As a mum of two with one on the way, Im extremely pleased to see Lancashire councils coming together to help families across the county save money on their energy bills. I speak to parents every day who are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with the mounting costs of households bills. So its heartening to see this Lancashire wide scheme has taken the positive step of providing practical support in a time and climate which is becoming tougher and tougher for hard-working families.

At MyFamilyClub.co.uk we always urge consumers to shop around or switch companies to find the best deal so its fantastic to see that this scheme has taken this ethos and is encouraging us all to take control of our money.

There is no obligation from registering your interest in the scheme, as registering includes you in the collective group taken to auction on 9th April where energy suppliers will bid for the business which residents can either accept or decline. The more residents that are registered with the scheme naturally makes this a more attractive proposition for the utility firms, effectively achieving considerable economies of scale with significant savings passed to the consumer.

Cllr Kate Hollern, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council and Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council who jointly lead the project said: "This Lancashire wide scheme is an excellent example of how, by working together, your local councils are helping people save money from their energy bills. Energy costs take up a large proportion of household incomes so any money we can help people save will be helpful during these difficult times. We would urge residents to sign up to the scheme and ask their families to do the same. This way we will be able to get the best deal from the energy companies."

The People Power scheme is targeted at all residents in Lancashire, although anyone outside of the county can also register to be a part of it. The scheme is also open to residents who use pre-payment metres.

Whilst registration is easiest online, those who dont have email access should contact their local council about where to register. Furthermore, one email address can be used five times to allow for additional family members, friends or neighbours with no internet or emails accessibility.

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