Join together to reduce bills
PEOPLE in Exeter are being urged to come together to back a ground-breaking collective purchasing scheme called Exeter Together.
The scheme aims to give local people huge savings on their fuel bills by coming together to drive down utility prices. The same scheme ran in Cornwall last year and had huge success with those choosing to switch enjoying annual savings of around £135 off their bills.
Exeter Together has been brought to the region by Exeter City Council and it has been joined by delivery partners, community renewable energy platform, energyshare and uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service.
Councillor Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Sustainable Development and Transport, said: "We are really excited to have the scheme in Exeter. This is a great opportunity. The more people who switch, the lower the unit price of our energy."
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The straightforward process consists of people calling or logging on to the website (help in person is also available) with their utility bill to hand, and going through the step-by-step process.
"People are under no obligation to switch and it is clearly explained whether the user is better to stay with their current provider, or whether they will benefit from a switching to the Exeter Together scheme," said Cllr Sutton.
"People will instantly receive a collectively purchased energy offer. Then, as more people sign up to the scheme, they can watch their savings increase."
In Cornwall, the collective savings totalled £160,000. There is only a four-week window to make the switch. The scheme closes at midnight on March 17, so people need to act fast.
Exeter City Council hopes that more than 10,000 people may be able to reduce their energy bills by 26 per cent.
Exeter Together will be visiting communities on its tour around the region, and the Exeter Together team will be on-board to offer help and advice. The tour bus will visit Crealy on Friday, February 22, Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, February 23 and Exeter City Football Club on March 2.
The campaign has attracted the support of numerous local personalities, MPs and VIPs including Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. He said: "Exeter Together could potentially help 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 buying scheme."
Details: www.exetertogether.com or call 0800 542 0204.