Leeds residents to use people power for cheaper energy

Picture caption (from left): Hugh Goulbourne, director of Community Energy Direct with Leeds energy champion Ian Pickup and Councillor Mark Dobson.  

Energy users across Leeds can save hundreds of pounds on their gas and electricity bills by joining a new scheme to reduce prices.

Community Energy Direct have joined forces with consumer champions Which? and Leeds City Council to deliver the best possible deal from energy companies.

Everyone who lives in the city can sign-up and benefit from the new the scheme. Households simply register to switch their energy supplier, then their details are passed to Which? who invite the energy suppliers to put forward their best price deal.

Community Energy Direct, based in Leeds, offer the winning deal to those who’ve registered to switch. The more people who join the scheme, the more likely it is to get a better deal from the energy suppliers. For more information visit http://www.communityenergy.info/ or call 08454 502 581.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for the environment said:

“We need as many Leeds residents as possible to sign up for the scheme so we can harness their collective purchasing power and negotiate the lowest possible prices.

“Switching energy providers may seem complicated, but this really is a very simple way for people to get control of rising gas and electricity prices.

“Equally important is how we use energy – with cheaper prices and using our household gadgets and appliances more efficiently we can help people make further energy, financial and carbon savings.”

The closing date for registering an interest is in April. After that, Which? negotiates with gas and electricity supply companies to deliver the best price for energy users in Leeds. Then everyone who has registered will be given the option to switch to the best deal for them. Some may already be on the best possible price deal, and won’t need to switch.

Hugh Goulbourne , director of Community Energy Direct, said:

“This co-operative approach to energy sourcing really will enable domestic gas and electricity users to band together to get the best possible price deal from energy suppliers. It’s a new initiative in the energy industry.”

Richard Lloyd, executive director, Which?, said:

“Which? is proud to be teaming up with CED to help people save on their energy bills. Rising energy prices are one of consumers' top financial worries but by taking part in people in Leeds could help their household budgets. When Which? ran our national collective switch last year, The Big Switch, we saved those who took part an average of £223.”

Notes to editors:

The scheme will also be running across other local authorities in Yorkshire covering Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and York

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk