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Act quickly to save cash by switching your energy supplier
Wednesday 23rd January, 2013

More than a thousand people from Wigan Borough have signed up to a scheme that could see their energy bills slashed by as much as £250.

Across Greater Manchester, 23,000 people have joined a ground-breaking energy switching collective that could mean massive reductions to the cost of heating their homes.

With energy bills set to soar because of the cold weather, Wigan Council is urging residents to register before Monday 28th January when the scheme will shut to new entrants. They can sign-up by visiting www.gmfairenergy.com. Those without internet access can call 0800 009 3363.

Sarah Bellis, a quality control chemist from Tyldesley who lives with her partner and two dogs, was one of the first to register in Wigan Borough. The 28-year old says: “I actually registered online on my mobile phone. It was really easy. People coming together to save money is a great idea.

“We’ve got to do something because energy bills are becoming so expensive. I’ve lived in my house for the three years and I’ve noticed in that time my monthly bills have gone up by more than £25. You start to wonder where it will end.”

A similar scheme run by Oldham Council in the autumn attracted more than 8,000 residents, with many households saving hundreds from their annual bills. The project was so successful it is being repeated across Greater Manchester. People are invited to register their interest in combining their purchasing power. The organisers will then hold a ‘reverse auction’ seeking the best deal from gas and electricity companies.

Residents need to produce a copy of their current energy bill to register. Anyone who enters will receive an offer for a new rate, which they do not have to accept. The scheme is also open to residents who use pre-payment meters.

Cllr Chris Ready, Wigan Council cabinet member for housing, says: “We all know how cold it has been in recent weeks. It has come at a time when the cost of heating our homes is going through the roof. Fuel poverty is a real problem in our borough. Residents are struggling to keep warm and pay their bills.

“This is a way for us all to work together and try to do something positive about high energy prices. I’d encourage residents to sign-up before the deadline passes.”

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