Liverpool City Region launches new collective energy switching scheme

April 12, 2013

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Collective Switch will give householders from across the region the chance to join together to get a better deal on their gas and electricity supply, and save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills each year.

The scheme is organised by Wirral-based charity, Energy Projects Plus, together with the Liverpool City Region local authorities.

Anyone can join the LCR Collective Switch. Those who have never switched their energy supplier or who haven’t switched in the last 12 months, are likely to benefit most from the collective switch. Working together makes it safe and easy to switch supplier and householders could typically save £189 per year on their energy bills.

More than 1 in 5 households across the City Region are currently living in fuel poverty. This scheme aims to help those people to reduce their fuel bills whilst enabling them to keep warm in their homes.

The LCR Collective Switch is backed by Halton Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council and Wirral Council. It’s free to join and householders will be able to see how much they would save before they decide if they want to switch suppliers.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who leads on low carbon issues for the City Region, said: “People in our region are concerned by rising fuel prices but many aren’t on their energy supplier’s best tariff. The LCR Collective Switch scheme aims to cut through the confusion and make it easy for people to switch their tariff and get a better deal on their
energy bills. We hope that everyone will join in and see how much they could save by collectively switching.”

Councillor Tim Moore, City Council cabinet member for climate change and transport, said: “At a time when families across the city are struggling to make ends meet, it makes great sense for them to be able to cut their energy bills which, for many households represent a very high proportion of their spending. Fuel poverty rates in Liverpool, are extremely high
and that is why we, as a city, have been pushing for a collective switching scheme. By joining together we can help cut the cost of energy and I would urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this scheme.”

The scheme will be launched on 15th April when householders will be able to register online or by phone. You can find out more and express your interest in joining the switch at or by calling the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where residents can also get free and impartial help and advice about
saving energy at home.

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