Through Cheaper Energy Together, the Department of Energy and Climate Change supported the development of innovative collective switching schemes for energy, where consumers group together to negotiate a better deal with their gas and electricity suppliers.
All schemes supported by Cheaper Energy Together were required to have a focus on engaging with vulnerable consumers. Schemes were also asked to propose innovative approaches to collective switching in order to establish an understanding of which approaches were the most successful. Money was awarded to 31 projects, which together covered 94 local councils and eight third sector organisations in Great Britain.
The aims and objectives of the funding were to increase public awareness of the potential for reducing energy bills through collective switching and to develop an understanding of which approaches are the most effective at engaging with consumers, particularly vulnerable consumers.