Exeter Together bus helping you save on fuel bills
EXETER Together's double-decker promotional bus, nicknamed Bill, has been a big hit as hundreds of people climbed on-board during its tour of Exeter to find out whether they could save money on their household utility bills by joining the collective switching initiative.
Exeter Together has been brought to the region by Exeter City Council. The scheme, launched on Monday, February 18, aims to help people save at least £100 off their heating bills by joining together to switch utility providers.
Councillor Rachel Sutton, lead councillor for sustainable development and transport, said: "Bill has been out in the community visiting places like Crealy, Wonford and Countess Wear, with its tour finishing off in Bedford Square on Friday, March 1.
"It has given residents the chance to ask any questions they might have about the scheme and how it could save them money."
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During its tour, Bill was joined by Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. He joined Exeter Together's team of helpers to provide information about how to switch and save money during a community event at Wonford.
Mr Bradshaw said: "It was great to meet so many people interested in the scheme. Exeter Together could potentially help so many local people save money on their utility bills and I would urge everyone to log on to the site or call the free phone number to see whether they could benefit from the collective switching scheme.
"It is really important people spread the word, and encourage friends and family members to register too, as the window to switch will be closing at midnight on March 17."
Gillian and David Bright, from Exmouth, jumped on board Bill at Crealy Great Adventure Park.
Gillian said: "I had read about Exeter Together on Facebook and it was great to be able to find out a bit more about the initiative. The team were really helpful. I registered on the Exeter Together website and I could save around £100."
The straight-forward registration process consists of people calling or logging on to the website with their utility bill to hand, and going through the step-by-step process.
Cllr Sutton added: "People are under no obligation to switch and it is clearly explained whether the end user is better to stay with their current provider, or whether they will benefit from switching to the Exeter Together scheme. People will instantly receive a collectively purchased energy offer.
"It is great to have had the support of so many organisations, including Exeter City Football Club, Crealy and the Exeter Chiefs. They have given Exeter Together access to their premises and Crealy even allowed Bill to park inside its grounds."
Further help is at hand as older people requiring assistance with registration can contact Age UK Exeter on 01392 202092 to make an appointment to see an adviser at the charity's centre in Cowick Street, Exeter.
People can also visit the Citizens Advice Bureau on King William Street, Exeter, each weekday afternoon (except Wednesday) between 1pm and 3pm, as help is on offer for people who might need additional assistance using the website.
People are advised to bring their latest fuel bill so that staff can help people make the comparison. CAB will also be helping clients who book advice appointments to understand the scheme and the financial benefits it may bring for them.
The scheme closes at midnight on Sunday, March 17, and Exeter City Council is calling for people to act now in order to make the most of the opportunity.
To see if you can save money on your energy bill, join up at Exeter Together by visiting www.exetertogether.com or call freephone 0800 542 0204. Call free from a mobile, including pay as you go, on 0207 911 6479.