Campaigning for Winter Warmth

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is urging people worried about their energy bills or about keeping warm enough this winter to follow the advice of Energy Action Scotland, the charity working for warm, dry homes.

In its winter warmth campaign, Energy Action Scotland is urging people to be energy efficient, to check their benefits and tax credit entitlement, and to make sure that they get the best energy deal.

Cathy, who is Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, said

“Energy Efficiency is especially important for those on low income, struggling to heat their homes and it is of course important to us all as a contribution to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. There are various schemes that can help, such as the central heating programme and the warm deal.

“People can get advice about easy and inexpensive ways you can save energy, for example by draughtproofing or by using appliances in a more economical way by contacting Energy Saving Scotland. Their advice centre will also give information about making your home or your heating system more energy efficient, perhaps with cavity wall insulation or a heat pump.”

The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre can be contacted on freephone 0800 512 012. To check on benefits or tax credit, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau, and to find out about getting a better deal on electricity or gas, use the Home Heat Helpline on freephone 0800 33 66 99.

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland said: “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.”


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