Fuel bill discount scheme launched in Cornwall

Edward Davey
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was at the Eden Project to announce 'Cornwall Together'. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new fuel buying scheme to help Cornish households save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills has been launched today.

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was at the Eden Project to announce 'Cornwall Together'.

The project will enable people across the county to join together to negotiate cheaper energy bills. Those behind the project say it could mean £3.7 million pounds worth of savings.

It is thought to be the first time an entire county has united as a community to buy energy more cheaply.

Cornwall Together was originally pioneered by the Eden Project, Cornwall Council, the NHS, Community Energy Plus and Community Buying UnLtd, aiming to bring people together to reduce fuel poverty. Energyshare and uSwitch.com will help deliver the scheme.

Cornwall residents and businesses can go to the Cornwall Together website to sign up. It is hoped more than 20,000 people may be able to reduce their energy bills by 10-15%.

10 per cent of the revenue generated from each energy switch will go into a fund to help address fuel poverty.

It will also negotiate for heating oil for the high number of people in Cornwall’s rural areas who aren’t on the mains gas grid.

The initiative will eventually be launched in other counties as part of a National UKTogether campaign.