Jo reminds constituents there is heating help available

Jo is reminding East Dunbartonshire residents to call a free Home Heat Helpline during an unprecedented period of freezing weather.

Research suggests that around 2,000 households across East Dunbartonshire could be missing out on savings of up to £250 each year on their energy bills.

Helpline advisors offer advice to anyone worried about the cost of heating their home, providing information on reduced or ‘social’ tariffs and free insulation available. The Home Heat Helpline has already received a record number of calls over November – December 2009, an increase of 23 per cent on 2008.

Commenting, Jo said:

“The recent extreme weather conditions are having a real impact on households that are concerned about keeping warm and I am urging anyone who is worried to call this free service on 0800 33 66 99 to find out how they can keep warm and save money on their energy bills.

“No one should have to live in the cold because they are worried about whether they can afford heating. Older people, families with young children and those with disabilities in particular may find there is assistance available and grants for which they may be eligible.

“I would also remind neighbours, friends and family of those who may be especially feeling the cold that you can call the Home Heat Helpline on their behalf to find out if they are eligible for help.”

Tips for a warmer home:

Make sure your radiators and heaters are not blocked by furniture or covered by curtains, otherwise most of the heat will literally disappear out the window.

Keep draughts at bay using a draught-proofing kit, available from most DIY stores to block draughts around external windows and doors.

Replace your traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones. These use 80% less energy, and can cost as little as 50p.

Appliances left on standby can use as much as three-quarters of the energy they use when they are fully switched on – so turn them completely off when not in use.

Mend the drips. A dripping hot water tap can waste enough hot water to fill half a bath in just one week, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re all fully turned off.

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