First Utility and British Gas to offer Innovative Collective Energy Deals for UK Together

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UK Together launches innovative nationwide collective purchasing initiative that unlocks increasing savings, as more people join.

First Utility

First Utility is the UK’s largest independent energy supplier.

First Utility, which won the UK Together initiative against leading energy suppliers, will be offering people who join between 18 Feb to 17 March a £40 money back deal on top of its best market rate.

How Does the Scheme Work?

As more people join the scheme, First Utility will increase the amount people can earn as cashback - encouraging them to get as many others to join as possible to unlock further savings. If 10,000 switches take place, customers switching their dual fuel (gas and electricity) to First Utility through the scheme will get £50 cashback on top of any savings from moving to the cheaper deal.

Households on prepayment meters and those who prefer to pay their bills with cash or cheque, will also be able to enjoy a special cashback deal. British Gas won these categories of the auction with its Clear and Simple Tariff. However it has added an additional money back incentive for UK Together members. The additional incentive for single fuel customers (gas or electric only) is £10 if 5,000 switches take place, rising to £25 for 10,000s. Dual fuel customers (those switching both gas and electric) will get £50 cashback, rising to £70 for 5,000 switches and £100 for 10,000 switches.

People who get a quote through UK Together will be given details of the above offers, but will also be told about the best energy deal currently available on the market for their individual circumstances. They will also be able to get a quote for the best green energy tariff on the market, if they are interested in changing to a tariff that offers energy from a more sustainable source. They will then be able to choose the tariff or deal that offers them the best value and savings.

How Much Could Customers Save?

'We've calculated that you could save an average of £220* a year by switching energy suppliers through UK Together. On top of that you could save up to £100 more by switching together,' said Abbie Brook, UK Together Manager.

Who Is Eligible?

Four pioneering communities, Birmingham and Solihull, Exeter, Scotland, and Cornwall are taking part in UK Together to help encourage households in their area to make significant savings on their energy bills. However anyone can join in from across the UK to benefit from the exclusive savings offer.

Energy Secretary Edward Davey said:

"We need to find new ways to help people with their energy bills, working with communities and councils across the country. Funding will also be used to drive forward collective purchasing and switching initiatives at a local level, helping consumers get a better deal on their energy bills. I am delighted so many organisations want to run new co-operative schemes to help people, especially the fuel poor, to get the best deals in the market."

About First Utility

First Utility is the UK’s largest independent energy supplier. It supplies gas and electricity to over 180,000 residential and business customers throughout the UK. First Utility is pioneering the use of new technology within the energy sector to empower its customers to control their energy spend. It was also the first UK energy supplier to offer smart meters to all its customers in 2008. In 2012 it launched my:energy, an online analytics service which provides households and businesses with personalised information regarding their energy usage with the aim of giving customers cheap electricity and gas.

To help customers deal with any issues with their service, a new First Utility complaints page has been created.

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