North Staffordshire residents come together to cut bills

North Staffordshire residents have been signing up in their hundreds to cut their energy bills, new figures have revealed.
 
And people will have a further chance to sign up for cheaper energy while doing their shopping doing their shopping next week.
 
Representatives from the Cheaper Energy Together Community Partnership will be at Hanley Indoor Market, Stoke-on-Trent, from 9.30am on Wednesday 20 March and Monday 25 March.
 
Residents are also able to sign up online and on a freephone number by 31 March, ready for a big community switch soon afterwards.
 
The scheme, which is being run across England, has been particularly successful in North Staffordshire.
 
Of the 2,800 people who have so far signed up nationally since the launch of the campaign at the beginning of February:

  • 342, or 22%, are from across Staffordshire, and
  • 189 or 12%, are from North Staffordshire

 
The scheme is supported in North Staffordshire by The Aspire Group, Staffordshire Housing, Beat the Cold, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
 
Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands have some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the UK.
 
The project provides a collective and instant energy switching service to get households a better deal through the power of group buying, and will also provide free energy saving advice and support.
 
A recent Cheaper Energy Together collective switch saw average household savings of £206.
 
Residents are also able to sign up online, on the phone, before a big community switch is held in March.
 
“We are very pleased at the number of people, particularly housing association and council tenants, who have signed up to get a better energy deal,” said Wayne Hughes, Managing Director of Aspire Housing on behalf of the partners.
 
Gavin Webb, of the People’s Power, one of the Cheaper Energy Together partners, added: “Organisations and people in North Staffordshire have clearly been working together very effectively to get such a large number of signups already. The more people we get, the greater negotiation power we will have.”
 
If you’d like to find out more, or to sign up for cheaper energy together, then please visit www.CheaperEnergyTogether.org or phone 0800 888 6611. Signing up is free and there are no obligations attached.