Collective switching scheme could save Scots £521m

Scotland could save around £521 million every year under a new collective switching scheme which helps householders get a better energy deal. Environmental charity Changeworks launched the ‘Scots Together’ initiative, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scotland could save around £521 million every year under a new collective switching scheme which helps householders get a better energy deal.

Environmental charity Changeworks launched the ‘Scots Together’ initiative, which aims to encourage people to regularly check energy tariffs and switch to rates more suitable to them. It is urging more people to get involved as a recent Ofgem research showed 86% of UK householders do not know whether they are on the best energy tariff and a third are unaware they can switch.

The initiative, which is backed by DECC, has negotiated three of the most competitive gas and electricity tariffs currently on offer on the market for consumers and help them save as much as £220 per household. However, as part of the deal and to encourage more people to switch, the tariffs will only be available until 17 March, the National Switch Day.

Teresa Bray, Chief Executive of Changeworks said: “Many people stay with the same energy provider they’ve been with for years just because they’re afraid of change or they’re unaware they can switch. Scots Together provides an opportunity for Scots to take a look at some of the more competitive deals currently on the market and take advantage of the reduced rates we have negotiated.

“Householders will be able to make significant savings by ensuring they are on the right gas and electricity tariffs and if they switch before they deadline, get even more money back from their energy suppliers. The negotiated tariffs have no cancellation fee and if people don’t need to change because they’re already on the best deal, Scots Together will tell them this too.”

The initiative also gives householders an option for the best ‘green tariff’ available on the market.