John Mason supports winter warmth message

30 Jan 2009

The SNP MP for the East End, John Mason, is urging people worried about their energy bills and about keeping warm this winter to follow the advice of Energy Action Scotland, the charity working for warm, dry homes.

Commenting on the issue earlier today (30 January), John Mason said:

“Energy bills were quick to rise over the summer, but they have been slow to come back down again despite the recent slump in wholesale oil and gas prices. For many people in the East End, that makes heating their home an expensive business.

“Older properties and tenement flats are especially hard to heat at this time of year, and this type of housing predominates in many of the East End communities I represent. That’s why I’d encourage local residents to take the advice of Energy Action Scotland whenever possible.”

In its winter warmth campaign, Energy Action Scotland says:

Ø Be Energy Efficient

Make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible. Get advice about easy and inexpensive ways you can save energy, for example by draughtproofing or by using appliances in a more economical way. You can also find out about making your home or your heating system more energy efficient, perhaps with cavity wall insulation or a heat pump. Contact the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on freephone 0800 512 012.

Ø Check Benefits orTax Credit Entitlement

Many people don’t realise they can increase their income by claiming the benefits or tax credit they are entitled to get. The extra income can be very helpful when the winter energy bills come in. Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for advice.

Ø Get the Best Energy Deal

Find out if you can get a better deal from your electricity or gas company. Sometimes you can save money by switching to a different tariff or selecting a different way to pay your bills. Some companies also offer special services, like social tariffs, for certain groups of people. Check out what’s available for your needs via the Home Heat Helpline on freephone 0800 33 66 99.

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland says:

“Following these 3 areas of advice can help reduce the amount of energy you need to use at home and help towards paying your energy bills.”