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Cornwall gets together to revolutionise energy market

The people of Cornwall are uniting to launch a ground-breaking free collective purchasing scheme, calledCornwallTogether, which aims to save Cornish households hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills, and reap huge social benefits for the Cornish community.

The revolutionary scheme, launched on 23rd July 2012 at the Eden Project, by Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will enable people across Cornwall to join together as a single powerful unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills – delivering Cornish households and businesses up to an estimated £3.7million worth of savings.

Initially, Cornish residents will be invited to visit the Cornwall Together website, www.cornwalltogether.com, with a copy of their energy bill in hand. It’s FREE to use. On the site they will be able to register their details, become members and look forward to finding a cheaper deal for their energy needs.

Customers without internet action can register their details by calling Freephone 0800 772 0925.

Every home owner and private tenant who registers with Cornwall Together will also get the opportunity to see if they can save even more money on their energy bills by securing a time limited offer on free loft and cavity insulation.

It is thought to be the first time an entire County has united as a community to buy energy more cheaply, enabling it to also tackle economic problems, encourage environmental sustainability, improve community resilience and people’s health and well-being.

Conceived by the EdenProject, CornwallTogether was originally pioneered by Cornwall Council, the NHS, Community Energy Plus and Community Buying UnLtd, aiming to bring people together to reduce fuel poverty, encourage sustainability and community resilience. They have been joined by delivery partners,community renewable energy platform, energyshare, and uSwitch.com, the independent price comparison and switching service.

To reach the whole community and to make accessing the benefits as easy as possible it will be supported by some of Cornwall’s leading organisations and employers, Cornwall Council, the NHS, St. Austell Brewery, Unison and Community Energy Plus who will be promoting it to their staff.

As part of Cornwall Together’s social purpose, it will invest 10 per cent of the revenue generated from each energy switch into a fund which will address fuel poverty. Cornwall Together will then seek match-funding from other organisations.

CornwallTogether will first negotiate for cheaper gas and electricity. It will then also negotiate for heating oil, to accommodate the significant number of people in Cornwall’s rural areas who aren’t on the mains gas grid.

Once the concept is proven, the initiative will be launched in other Counties as part of a National UKTogether campaign.

To see if you can save money on your energy bill, join up at Cornwall Together by visiting www.cornwalltogether.com