Dumfries & Galloway residents are being encouraged by SNP MSP Dr. Aileen McLeod to contact the Home Heat Helpline, to find out how they can lower household bills and improve energy efficiency.
The free helpline provides an impartial and confidential service that connects people and families on low incomes and those in poor health with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes.
Dr McLeod said:
“With so many options and offers being posted through our letterboxes, inboxes and in newspapers it is often a bit of a minefield to know what is best for our homes.
“The Home Heat Helpline is one of the services available that can advise you on reducing energy bills and increasing the energy efficiency of your home.
“Rising energy bills are the cause of much stress to many people in the Scottish Borders who are struggling to cope with the increase in costs so it is worth finding out what you can do to help yourself either by phoning 0800 33 66 99 or visiting www.homeheathelpline.org.uk.
“I would particularly urge anyone on a low income, older people and families with young children, as well as those with long-term health conditions, to find out what assistance is available as well we encouraging neighbours and relatives to do the same.”
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Picture attached of Aileen McLeod MSP supporting Home Heat Helpline.
There are also some other simple steps people can take in reducing their energy. For example:
- turning your thermostat down by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £100 a year.
- turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally
- switch your lights off when you’re not using them
- turn appliances like TVs and phone chargers off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they’re not being used
- replace normal light bulbs with energy efficient ones
- regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it’s operating at full efficiency
- draw curtains over windows at night to provide insulation for the room
- move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate around the room
Home Heat Helpline: 0800 33 66 99 or www.homeheathelpline.org.uk