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Switch on to this bright idea to cut energy bills

BRIGHT IDEAS: Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council

BRIGHT IDEAS: Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council

Residents across Wyre could save more than £2m as part of a newly-launched countywide energy switching scheme.

The People Power initiative 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 15,000 residents signs up to the scheme.

The idea is that by coming together as one collective there are significant savings to be made through People Power and the bulk buying approach.

This is the first time it is being run by the councils across Lancashire and organisers say it could have a significant impact on the cost of heating and lighting homest during the current economic downturn which has seen household bills increase by 40 per cent since 2007.

Residents are being urged to review their bills and combine their purchasing power in the innovative scheme to ensure they get the best energy deal possible.

Register at www.peoplepower.co.uk before midnight on April 8, giving details of your most recent energy usage to express your interest in joining the scheme.

Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council who jointly leads the project with Kate Hollern from Blackburn with Darwen Council, 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 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.”

Gemma Johnson, CEO of money-saving website, MyFamilyClub.co.uk said: “I speak to parents every day who are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with the mounting costs of households bills.

“It’s heartening to see this 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.”

 

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