Cornwall could save around £3.7million following a new scheme set to help households and businesses get cheaper energy bills.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey launched the ‘Cornwall Together’ initiative yesterday, which is expected to enable people across the county to negotiate for cheaper energy prices and help hard-to-reach households switch collectively.
It is part of the Eden project, which works towards making Cornwall a green county.
With high energy prices, low household incomes and energy inefficient homes being the main drivers of fuel poverty, Mr Davey said the scheme could be of great help.
He said: “This is the first collective switching scheme I’ve heard of that will actively target the hard-to-reach the households who most need help.
“Cornish households could save up to 20% on their energy bills. For the most vulnerable, who spend a greater proportion of their income on energy, that can make a huge difference.”
Mr Davey has written to the local authority to encourage them to consider how they could lead and facilitate community energy switching and bulk buying schemes.