WITH the costs of food, clothing, and energy all on the increase, High Peak MP Andrew Bingham is calling on his constituents to winter-proof their homes to keep energy costs down.
Mr Bingham recently met with charities at an Open Day at the House of Commons, where he discussed what support was available for stretched household budgets during the winter months.
Currently, around £1 of every £4 spent on heating our homes is wasted because of a lack of adequate insulation. And with over 6 million cavity walls unfilled, and 10 million lofts left unlagged, huge amounts of money are being wasted.
He said: “Residents in the High Peak can save themselves hundreds of pounds every year by getting the free energy efficiency they are entitled to. If they act now they can be ready before the worst of the winter.”
Customers of British Gas can take advantage of the company’s offer to insulate their homes free if they apply before December 22. Customers on lower incomes, whoever their supplier is, can also call a special helpline to see if they are eligible for free insulation or discounted bills (the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 980 8177).
As well as winter-proofing their homes, Mr Bingham is also urging eligible constituents to winter-proof their finances by applying for the new Warm Homes Discount, which will give every person on pension credit an energy bill rebate of £120.
He added: “Last year the Government gave an energy bill rebate of £80 to everyone on pension credit, and this year they’ve increased that to £120. I would urge everyone on pension credit to apply for the rebate, so that they don’t have to worry about heating their home this winter.”