Coun­cil’s en­ergy scheme saves £1m

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACOM­PANY set up by the coun­cil to help res­i­dents re­duce their en­ergy bills has helped save more than £1m.

More than 4,000 peo­ple have signed up to buy their gas and elec­tric­ity through Fair­erpower, a part­ner­ship be­tween the Coun­cil and Ovo En­ergy, which was launched in March.

It was set up on the ba­sis that the coun­cil would have a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing power to get the best fuel rates avail­able and has re­sulted in an av­er­age sav­ing of £245 per cus­tomer.

Tri­cia Cana­van, from Mac­cles­field, was the 4,000th cus­tomer to sign up to the scheme and is ex­pected to save £288 a year on her monthly dual fuel bills.

Tri­cia, who was pre­sented with a ham­per as a prize for be­ing the 4,000th Fair­erpower cus­tomer, said: “I’d been think­ing about chang­ing my en­ergy sup­plier for a while but I wanted some­body I could trust.

“The change to Fair­erpower will make a real dif­fer­ence to my bank bal­ance, as it of­fers one of the most com­pet­i­tive tar­iffs in the area.

“Re­ceiv­ing the ham­per in the lead-up to Christ­mas was a most wel­come sur­prise and a real bonus.”

Coun­cil­lor Rod Menlove, board mem­ber of Fair­erpower and di­rec­tor of Cheshire East En­ergy, said: “Fair­erpower is shak­ing up the en­ergy mar­ket across Cheshire East. We are build­ing trust through award-win­ning cus­tomer ser­vice while se­cur­ing cheaper and fairer prices for lo­cal res­i­dents.

“This was our prom­ise when we started and we are de­liv­er­ing and giv­ing peo­ple a cheaper and more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to the ‘big six’ sup­pli­ers.

“This also helps the lo­cal econ­omy with the £1m sav­ings be­ing fed back into the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“New cus­tomers can ben­e­fit even fur­ther by help­ing in­tro­duce their friends and fam­ily - with both par­ties re­warded with a free £20 Ama­zon gift voucher.You can’t say fairer than that.”

Switch­ing to Fair­erpower is an op­tion for all 170,000 house­holds in the bor­ough, as well as res­i­dents in neigh­bour­ing bor­ough Ch­ester West and Ch­ester. Fair­erpower is a non-profit mak­ing com- pany, which is owned by Cheshire East Coun­cil. It is the first lo­cal au­thor­ity in the UK to sell power since the gas and elec­tric­ity sup­ply sys­tem was na­tion­alised in 1948.

Any­one in­ter­ested in sav­ing money on their fuel bills can visit fair­erpower.co.uk to find out more.

●» Coun Rod Menlove with Tri­cia Cana­van, from Mac­cles­field, who is the 4,000th cus­tomer to sign up for the coun­cil’s fair deal scheme

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