With winter on the way Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, is urging his constituents to make sure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.
“It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want people to be aware of what help is available for them. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise everyone in Ellesmere Port and Neston to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.
“There are a number of simple steps that everyone should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm. In the long term, energy efficiency is still the key to saving money on bills and one of the best ways to be energy efficient and keep your home warm is to insulate it. Your supplier can tell you if you are eligible for free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of the UK Government’s ECO scheme – loft insulation can save up to £140 and cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 per year in a typical semi-detached home
“Having a smart meter installed can also help as it shows how much energy you are using in pounds and pence and identifies where savings can be made. And do make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you!
“In some cases there may be extra support available from the Government and energy suppliers - the Warm Home Discount gives a one off discount of £140 on the electricity bill for vulnerable people.
“For anyone struggling with their household bills The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support; for more information visit britishgasenergytrust.org.uk or call 01733 421060.
“Let’s all try to be warm and energy efficient this winter!”