Andrew Gwynne, Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish, has today called on Tameside and Stockport residents to ensure they are taking advantage of the free help and support that could save them £315 on their energy bills following the latest round of price hikes by the Big Six energy companies.
Mr Gwynne has devised three simple steps to make sure bills are down and homes are warm:
- 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.
- 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. If you are with British Gas, you are most likely to be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which can give you a rebate of £135 on your energy bill in Winter 2013/2014. Customers who are eligible through British Gas will receive an additional rebate to protect them from rising prices, worth up to £60.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I want all my constituents to be ‘Winter Ready’ 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. We want to freeze energy prices for two years from 2015, but until then I hope we can make sure everyone is aware of the help that is out there.
“I know that everyone in our community will be looking out for others, but it is particularly important through the winter months to make sure your friends and family are OK and aware of all the help they can get for staying warm. Nobody should be without a warm home this Christmas but unfortunately, with rising prices, more people cannot afford to heat their home.”