A green energy campaign has been launched in Greater Manchester to encourage residents to switch their homes to clean electricity.
The move would see savings on their energy bills and help the environment at the same time.
Councillor Walter Brett, Deputy Mayor of Stockport, joined the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Bury Council leader Cllr Rishi Shori, in taking part in the Greater Manchester Big Clean Switch campaign and have taken advantage of ultra-competitive renewable energy tariffs.
The three of them have collectively saved over £1,000 a year by switching their homes to the cheapest clean deals.
As well as all 10 Greater Manchester local authorities, a host of other organisations from across the city including football clubs, universities and businesses are backing the campaign.
A dedicated website ? the big clean switch ? has been set up to help residents compare clean energy prices and switch.
The website includes a link to a whole-market comparison service to ensure that families on low incomes can access the best possible deals.
The average household saving during a September pilot was over £290 a year.
Cllr Brett said:
“I was delighted to discover that I will save a whopping £419 a year by joining the Big Clean Switch. Just as important is the knowledge that we’re now buying 100% renewable electricity. I would encourage everyone to join the Big Clean Switch, it’s good for your pocket and the environment.”
About the Greater Manchester green energy campaign Big Clean Switch
The new scheme is a partnership between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Big Clean Switch campaign, which specialises in helping UK households switch to 100% renewable electricity. The programme is funded through commission paid by suppliers. This doesn’t affect the tariffs available, which will always be the same or better than those on the suppliers’ own websites, and a third of the money will be used by the GMCA to help fund environmental projects across the region.
In addition to all 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester, other local organisations backing the campaign include:
– Adactus Homes
– Barlcays Eagle Labs
– 95.6 Bolton FM
– Bolton Wanderers FC
– Carbon Co-op
– Manchester City of Trees
– Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
– Greater Manchester Community Renewables
– Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation
– I Love MCR
– Manchester Climate Change Agency
– Manchester Metropolitan University
– NHS in Greater Manchester
– Onward Housing
– Salford Red Devils
– University of Salford