Salix Homes helps tenants cut their energy bills
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Bill Payments
A social housing provider is helping tenants to slash their fuel bills.
Salford-based Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across Central Salford in Greater Manchester, has arranged to work with Community Switch – a company which helps social housing tenants save money by helping them switch to a cheaper energy supplier.
Community Switch, based on Old Hall Street, Liverpool, provides a free, independent price comparison service to families living in social housing as well as support and advice on energy suppliers.
Community Switch will contact all tenants on behalf of Salix Homes to go through an independent price comparison to find the best energy deals available for them. It’s expected that the initiative could help tenants save hundreds of pounds every year on their energy bills.
Rapidly rising energy costs can disproportionately affect those on lower incomes who may not have access to online services or direct debit options, so this scheme aims to overcome those barriers and create a level playing field.
Helen Thorpe, customer support manager at Salix Homes, said: “Tackling fuel poverty is a key priority for Salix Homes, which is why we are proud to support this scheme to help our tenants reduce their energy bills.
“We’ve found that social housing tenants are often disadvantaged when it comes to switching energy suppliers as it can involve changing to an online service and up to 37 per cent of our tenants either don’t use or have access to the internet, but this scheme makes it simple and hassle free.
“We hope as many of our tenants as possible will take advantage of this new initiative to help them save money, particularly when the impacts of the Welfare Reforms, rocketing fuel prices and other financial pressures are starting to bite.”
Patrick Berry, managing director at Community Switch, said: “We provide a full and transparent service with Ofgem accredited services and we are very much looking forward to helping tenants of Salix Homes to cut energy bills by up to £300 a year.”