Cornwall Together & UK Together
With the average household energy bill rocketing from £522 to £1254 a year since 2004 (a massive 140% increase) and only 20% of households being on the supplier’s best deals, it meant an awful lot of money going into the pockets of energy companies.
energyshare teamed up with the Eden Project and Uswitch to do something about it, so we started in the place we call home and launched Cornwall Together.
Cornwall Together was a unique collaboration between the Eden Project and energyshare, which ran across the whole of Cornwall and involved key partners including Cornwall Council and the NHS to ensure that the message got through to the communities that could really benefit.
Cornwall Together was a collective energy-buying campaign managed by energyshare and launched by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with the ultimate aim of reaching the most vulnerable households and communities in Cornwall in an attempt to eradicate fuel poverty.
However, by getting people to purchase together we were able to negotiate cheaper electric & gas deals with energy companies, the more people that switched the more money people saved, the campaign was a great success and saved the people of Cornwall an incredible £300,000.
After the success of Cornwall Together, the Eden Project and energyshare teamed up again to create UK Together, effectively rolling the scheme out nationwide. The campaign stretched across the UK, including Scotland, Birmingham/Solihull and Exeter and, as with Cornwall Together, involved key partners, like the NHS to ensure that the message got through to the communities that needed it most.
The campaign lasted one month and allowed over £280,000 to be saved across the UK.
Ed Davey MP
Ed Davey MP, at the time Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
“I’ve been banging the drum for collective switching for some time now. It’s an idea that’s really taking off, with schemes up and down the country, and I want it to become a permanent feature of the UK energy market.”
Ed Davey MP, Previously Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
talking about UK and Cornwall Together