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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Environment, Local Government

Manchester residents urged to buy their fuel in bulk Manchester residents urged to buy their fuel in bulk

Residents in Greater Manchester are being urged to join a bulk-buy fuel scheme - that could see each household cutting £250 from its energy bills.

Manchester City Council is encouraging its residents to use "people power" in the collective energy switching scheme, which is open to anyone in the UK to join.

Oldham Council ran a similar scheme last year which led to over 8,000 residents making large savings on their annual fuel bills.

Once a large enough group has been formed, a 'reverse auction' is entered and a cheaper deal on gas and electricity is made with energy companies.

Interested residents need only produce a copy of their current fuel bill to register before the scheme closes on 28 January. Anyone who enters will receive an offer for a new rate which they do not have to accept. The scheme is also open to residents who use pre-payment meters.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chairman of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, said: "There are more than 200,000 households in Manchester who are in fuel poverty, struggling to heat their homes this winter, and this switching scheme will make a huge difference to the lives of residents by enabling them to knock hundreds off their household bills.

"The more people who come forward, the more they could save from their fuel bills, and residents don’t even have to accept the offer so they have literally nothing to lose by registering.

"Energy switching is still relatively new in the UK, but in many parts of Europe it is now common practice, and I believe this scheme will demonstrate once again how this makes a lot of sense for anyone who doesn’t like paying over the odds to keep warm."

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