West Yorkshire fuel buying scheme 'saves residents £250,000'

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A scheme run by a local council which bulk buys energy has saved residents £250,000, according to a councillor.

Calderdale Council launched the initiative last month.

Residents registered online and the council invited bids from energy companies to supply the required electricity and gas.

Councillor Barry Collins said more than 2,500 people had signed up for the scheme and the average saving per household was £122 a year.

Mr Collins, who is the council's cabinet member responsible for the economy and the environment, said 75% of people in the scheme had been offered lower tariffs.

He claimed the largest saving was by one householder who expected to cut £800 a year from their bill.

"I think the energy suppliers have called the shots for too long on people's energy bills," he said.

"Just simply by working together we've found that people can possibly now not just make savings for themselves but help everybody else make them as well.

"The whole point is to try and remove the barriers that can be associated with changing your own supplier."

Calderdale Council went into partnership with other local authorities in Greater Manchester to run the project.

The four other councils in West Yorkshire are about to launch their own schemes.

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