Greater Manchester firms back Big Clean Switch

A number of politicians, businesses, universities and football clubs across Greater Manchester have joined a major campaign to switch to 100% renewable energy. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is urging […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A number of politicians, businesses, universities and football clubs across Greater Manchester have joined a major campaign to switch to 100% renewable energy.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is urging householders to join the Big Clean Switch, which saved the average household more than £290 a year on their energy bills during a pilot project last month.

Organisations backing the campaign include Bolton Wanderers FC, Carbon Co-op, Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford Red Devils.

The campaign is funded by a commission on the suppliers, which does not affect the available tariffs – a third of the money will be used by the councils for environmental projects across the region.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “If just one in 100 homes across Greater Manchester switches to a clean tariff, that’s the carbon emissions equivalent of taking more than 10,000 cars off the road.

“At the same time, I was genuinely surprised at how much we were able to save by switching our own home. If we can help others to do the same, we can make Greater Manchester a cleaner, greener, more affordable city to live.”