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Ribble Valley Borough Council

People Power Sessions Could Save Households £Hundreds

Published Monday 25th March 13

Householders in Longridge are invited to a drop-in session to discover how they can save up to £250 a year off their energy bills.

The event, on Thursday 28 March, will outline the People Power scheme that aims to combine the purchasing power of residents to cut the cost of heating and lighting.

Households are invited to register their interest in the scheme, which is being spearheaded by Lancashire councils, including Ribble Valley Borough Council, by 8 April, with energy suppliers vying for their business on 9 April.

Residents can register in person or over the phone at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe.

Or Longridge residents can attend the drop-in session at the Old Station Buildings from 10.00am to noon.

The more households that register for People Power will make it a more attractive proposition to utility firms, with potential significant savings for the consumer.

If just 15,000 households sign up they could save a hefty £3million a year on their energy bills.

Household energy bills have increased by 40 per cent since 2007 and further hikes in the future look likely.

Ribble Valley Borough Council housing officer John Barber said: "People Power is an excellent example of how local councils are working together to help people save money on their energy bills.

"I urge Ribble Valley households to sign up to the scheme, so that they can get the best possible deal from the energy companies."

People Power is targeted at Lancashire households, although anyone outside the county can register. The scheme is also open to residents using pre-payment metres.

You will need your energy usage to register and are under no obligation to switch your supplier after 9 April.

Further People Power drop-in sessions are on the cards for Henthorn Community Centre in Clitheroe and Whalley Library.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.