Magenta Living residents joined the big ‘Switch’ to lower their energy bills
Published by Anne Wilson for Magenta Living in Housing
Over 70 Magenta Living residents registered to take part in the Merseyside Collective Switch, a local initiative designed to give people more ‘buying power’.
Organised by local charity Energy Projects Plus alongside six Merseyside local authorities including Wirral, Liverpool and Sefton, collective switching has proved to be a tried and tested method of reducing energy bills.
The 11 residents who went on to the collaborative switch tariff, are making a good saving of at least £107 a year on their gas and electricity bills. Overall the collective switch for Magenta Living residents totalled £1,181.
Across the board over 4,200 people took part in the Merseyside Collective Switch making a huge saving of £205,000. With an average saving of £212 individually, the highest reported saving was a staggering £933 per year.
The initiative worked by inviting people to register their interest in the scheme, then use their collective buying power to negotiate cheaper tariffs from British Gas, Npower and Scottish Power.
Zoe Carmichael, Strategic Asset Manager at Magenta Living says: “Helping our residents save money on all household bills is our main priority, so when the opportunity of being part of the Merseyside Collective Switch presented itself, we were more than happy to guide our residents through the process. And after such a positive outcome, we anticipate a bigger take up next time round.”
The next collective switch is planned for the Autumn, but advice about saving money on an individual level is available any time from: www.LCRenergyswitch.co.uk
Additionally, Energy Projects Plus is also running a Fuel Debt Advice Service
in partnership with Wirral Citizens Advice Bureau. Funded by the British Gas Energy Trust, this service is designed to help Magenta Living residents and the wider community who may need financial support.
The Save Energy Advice Line is a free phone number: 0800 043 0151