Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has called on residents to ensure they are taking advantage of the free help and support that could save them over £300 on their energy bills.
Mike recently met with a senior representative of British Gas in parliament to discuss how high energy prices are putting a squeeze on the already stretched disposable incomes of millions across the country. Mike wants to highlight that it is important to make sure that residents do all that they can to keep their bills down and their homes warm by considering the following energy advice from British Gas:
• Insulate your home: With an average of £1 in every £4 spent on heating wasted due to poor insulation, one of the best ways to keep energy bills down this winter is to insulate homes. Loft insulation could save the average household around £180 per year, with cavity wall insulation saving up to £140 per year. All of the big energy companies will provide some form of free energy efficiency, depending on your circumstances. In most cases you don’t even need to be a customer. Further energy saving advice is available from the Energy Saving Trust – www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.
• Get the best deal: Check that you are on the best gas and electricity tariff to suit you. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help you keep control of the costs. Households should contact their supplier, whoever they are, and make sure they are getting the best deal.
• Financial support: Residents may be entitled to extra support from the Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. British Gas has the widest eligibility criteria of all the major suppliers for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. To make sure you’re in receipt of all the benefits you’re entitled to, British Gas customers should call 0800 072 8625.
Commenting, Mike said: “I want all my constituents to be as ready as possible for winter and it can be difficult to understand what extra help is available. This simple advice is designed to help people see how they can cut energy use and help keep bills under control this winter. Even if you’re not eligible for any extra support, make sure that your friends and family are aware of all the help that is available to them.”