Published On: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

Housing Association Accent Nene scheme to help tenants cut energy bills

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GES advisersLocal housing association Accent Nene is launching a new service to help its tenants cut their energy bills.  Working with Peterborough Energy and Green Energy Switch – part of environmental charity Peterborough Environment City Trust – it is offering personal home visits by trained advisers.

The advisers will help households identify ways to cut their use of electricity, gas and water –and therefore cut how much they spend.

The advisers will also look at tenants’ energy bills and see if they could save money by changing to electricity and gas supplied by Peterborough Energy. If so, the advisers will help them to switch suppliers.

Maxine Palmer of Green Energy Switch said: “The price of energy has more than doubled over the past ten years and is likely to continue to rise. This is why Accent Nene, Peterborough Energy and Green Energy Switch are working together to help tenants save money and manage their fuel bills.”

Savings can add up to several hundred pounds each year.

Peterborough Energy – which was launched at the end of April 2015 by Peterborough City Council and OVO Energy –has already saved an average of £242 each a year for more than 1,800 residents who have switched to buy their energy from the company. If Accent Nene tenants change their supplier they could potentially make these savings too –and benefit from all the other money-saving tips that the Green Energy Switch advisers will be able to offer.

  • Accent Nene tenants can book a free 30 minute visit from an adviser by calling Green Energy Switch on 01733 646 272 or emailing

Eachtenant visited by an adviser will receive a free energy pack containing energy-saving items and will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

Maxine Palmer said: “This is a pilot project with Accent Nene. If it proves to be a success and we can demonstrate real savings for tenants we shall look at extending the scheme to other housing associations – and then perhaps widen it further to those who own their own homes.”

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