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New initiative to save Scots money on energy bills.
Published on Thursday 14th February 2013
Get together, save money, pass it on.
Households across Scotland will get the chance to save money on energy bills as part of a collective buying initiative starting on Monday 18 February.
Residents in the Scottish Borders, along with those in partner local authority partner areas, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and Fife will have until the Sunday 17 March to join in to secure a better deal from energy companies by buying energy together.
The more people that take part, the better the deal will become and there's no obligation to switch. People who join up at the start will still be able to benefit from the price achieved by the total number of people switching at the end.
How do I join?
To join in the scheme you will need to follow these steps:
1. Grab a recent energy bill.
2. Go online to the Scots Together website (available from 18 February.)
3. Enter your details and have a look at the deal that Scots Together have organised by getting lots of people like you together to bulk buy electricity and gas. The more people that sign up, the better the deal becomes. If there's a different deal that's better for you or you're already on the best possible price then Scots Together will be sure to let you know. They will also offer an option for energy from a more sustainable source.
4. Decide whether to switch or not. There is no obligation. If you would like to switch you'll need to accept the offer by 17 March 2013.
5. Pass it on - the more people that sign up, the better the deal for everyone.
- Go online to the Scots Together website (available from 18 February.)
- If you want to talk to an adviser or refer someone that doesn't have internet access, call the Scots Together freephone advice line on 0800 408 0155 or 0131 538 7940
- Scots Together will officially launch on Monday 18 February. Representatives from Changeworks will be on hand at the Princes Mall Shopping Centre rooftop from 11am on Monday to show people how they can take part and save money on their energy bills. The official launch will take place from 1.30pm.
- Changeworks, an environmental charity, is co-ordinating the initiative in Scotland and will primarily engage householders in areas covered by the five partner Councils. Householders from other areas will also be able to participate.