Countdown Begins For Energy Saving Scheme

The countdown has begun for the close of the region’s largest energy switching scheme.

Householders have until midnight on Wednesday, 1st May, to join the Leeds City Council and Community Energy Direct programme. By switching energy provider with the free scheme, households could save an average of £115 a year on their gas and electricity bills.

Ian Pickup, Hugh Goulbourne & Hilary Benn MP Photo by Mike Cowling
Ian Pickup, Hugh Goulbourne & Hilary Benn MP
Photo by Mike Cowling

“It really is the last few days before this scheme closes and people should make every effort to join in,” said Ian Pickup, a local community energy champion.

“There’s no catch. The scheme is independent of the energy companies, is supported by the Department of Energy and has the consumer organisation Which doing the negotiating with the energy providers,

“I have signed-up and encourage as many people in South Leeds to join in too.”

To register, without obligation, householders should visit the Community Energy website  or call 0845 450 2581 (local rate call).

Hugh Goulbourne of Community Energy Direct said that on average everyone who joined the scheme could £115 per year on energy costs.

“We encourage as many people as possible to join, which will give us a better bargaining position with the energy companies. By banding together in a co-operative way we will ensure we can all share the best deals possible” said Mr Goulbourne.

Once the deadline has been reached, the details of everyone who has registered will be passed to Which? who will then negotiate with the energy companies.

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