Getting together to cut back fuel bills

Savings: Cycling all the way to the bank Steve Burke's lightbulb moment promotes People Power
Savings: Cycling all the way to the bank Steve Burke's lightbulb moment promotes People Power

Team GB gold medal winning cyclist, Steven Burke lent his support to Wyre Council’s People Power campaign by calling on his very own pedal power!

Steven, who has just returned from training in Majorca, set the wheels in motion on a specially adapted energy bike to light up a bulb and play a radio to raise awareness of how the energy saving scheme could help residents save up to £250 on their energy bills.

Steven pledged his support in the hope of encouraging more residents to sign up to the scheme before time runs out on April 8.

The People Power campaign is backed by 13 local councils and 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 meters. While registration is easiest online, those who do not have email access should contact their local council about where to register.

One email address can be used five times to allow for additional family members, friends or neighbours with no Internet or email access.

More than 6,500 residents across Lancashire have already registered at www.peoplepower.co.uk and have joined more than 55,000 across the UK doing the same but the more people that sign up, the better the collective savings could actually be.

Registration is simple and safe online as all you need is your latest annual bill but time is running out and all registrations need to be completed by midnight on April 8 2013.

Steven said: “I have ridden many bikes in my time but not one that actually powers a light bulb!

“When I heard of the People Power campaign and the fun energy bike they found, I had to show my support as it really could make a difference to people’s lives.

“The savings could mount up and as we have seen the wintry weather carry on into spring and the media reports of gas prices rising, it is now even more important to keep a check on our fuel bills.

“I think this is a great initiative from the council which I would be keen to support again, not just to encourage people to join forces and sign up but also so that I can ride this amazing bike again – I may have to get my training bike adapted in the same way!”

Meanwhile, Wyre Council is hosting events to provide information about the scheme along with the opportunity to sign upon the spot.

Should you wish to sign up, you need to take a recent energy bill with you.

The events include sessions at:

Fleetwood Library, North Albert Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6AJ 10am-12pm Wednesday, April 3

Garstang Library, Windsor Road, Garstang, PR3 1ED 5-7pm Thursday, April 4

Thornton Library, Victoria Road East, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 3SZ 10am-12pm Friday, April 5