Households across Scotland will get the chance to save hundreds of pounds on energy bills as part of a collective buying initiative starting on Monday 18 February.

Residents across Scotland, including those in the local authority partner areas, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Fife and the Scottish Borders will have until the Sunday 17 March to join in to secure a better deal from energy companies by buying energy together. Changeworks is co-ordinating the initiative in Scotland and will primarily engage householders in areas covered by the five partner Councils. Householders from other areas will also be able to participate.

Changeworks Chief Executive, Teresa Bray said: "Changeworks is delighted to have successfully co-ordinated the application for the local authority partners. Building on the expertise and experience of Cornwall Together, we will make it easier for householders in Scotland to get a better deal. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this Scottish project."

Scots Together will officially launch on Monday 18 February. Representatives from Changeworks will be on hand at the Princes Street Mall Shopping Centre rooftop from 11am on Monday to show people how they can take part and save money on their energy bills. The official launch will take place from 1.30pm.

The more people that take part, the better the deal will become and there’s no obligation to switch. People who join up at the start will still be able to benefit from the price achieved by the total number of people switching at the end.

The Scots Together team wants people coming to the launch event to bring along a recent energy bill so they can see how Scots Together works. Those interested can also visit the website at Scotstogether.com and join. It’s free, it’s easy and there’s no obligation.

Scots Together is currently the only Scottish pilot to be funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. A similar project was pioneered in Cornwall as Cornwall Together which successfully signed up 10,000 people to negotiate cheaper gas, electricity and oil deals with energy companies.