Updated: Tuesday, 21st November 2017 @ 8:07am

Manchester households to cut bills by £3million after post-Christmas energy switch scheme

Manchester households to cut bills by £3million after post-Christmas energy switch scheme

By Danielle Wainwright

Residents of Greater Manchester are set to save £3million from the UK’s biggest energy switch scheme, with new deals being offered in the coming days.

More than 35,000 people signed up for the GM Fair Energy scheme throughout January and will be placed in a reverse auction with some to make savings of nearly £900 a year.

Energy companies such as ScottishPower, Ovo and Co-operative Energy will shortly be offering new deals to those joining the auction.  

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chairman of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, said: "This has been the most successful scheme of its kind, with Greater Manchester residents saving more than £3million from their bills.

"There is still much work to be done, with thousands of people in Manchester and beyond living in fuel poverty.

Those who didn’t register for this scheme have not missed the boat as we will be arranging a similar energy switching project over the next few months and I’d urge anyone who wants to save money to register their interest."

One dual fuel customer will be offered a saving of £892 per year, while another resident could save £770.

Deals will also be made available for people on pre-payment meters for the first time with one to be offered an annual saving of £295, meaning some of the area’s poorest people could slash their bills.

Some applicants will not get discounts, as they may already be on cheaper tariffs, but the large number of people who registered means large savings will benefit thousands of households.

Sir Richard said: "The sheer number of people who registered demonstrates the appetite there currently is for projects of this kind, while the fact that one of the ‘big six’ energy companies successfully joined the auction shows that the industry is now taking schemes like this seriously.”

The scheme was run following the success of a similar project run by Oldham Council last year, in which many households were able to save hundreds from their annual bills.

Although it was targeted directly at people living in Greater Manchester, it was open to anyone in the UK to join.

Another energy switching scheme will be held in the spring and residents can register their interest now by visiting www.gmfairenergy.com.

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