Monday, 26 November 2012

MSP and Councillor Point to Home Energy Hotline Support

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead is encouraging his constituents to prepare for the fast approaching cold weather by making use of  the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Hotline.

The call follows a new survey finding that almost 80 per cent of Scotland is concerned about the cost of their energy bills this winter. Though many people in Scotland use, or would be interested in using, loft (45%) or wall (32%) insulation to help warm their homes, only 29 per cent of people said they have claimed the free home insulation they are eligible for.

Mr Lochhead has been joined in encouraging constituents to contact the hotline by Keith and Cullen Councillor Gary Coull, who is the SNP’s Communities Spokesperson in the Council.

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Living in Moray, we are subject to severe weather and low temperatures every winter. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the excellent energy advice and support offered by a phone call to the Home Energy Hotline.

“People can simply make one call in order to discover what services they are eligible for. The Home Energy Hotline advisors can offer information on free offers, discounts, and eligibility in order to help everyone stay warm this winter.

“I would also encourage everyone to check their home’s insulation levels. The cold months are upon us, and proper planning will ensure a warmer, affordable, and greener home. Act now, use the hotline and keep warm.”

Councillor Gary Coull said:

“There is a significant amount of support out there to help people make their homes more energy efficient, reduce energy bills and reduce our impact on the environment. Fuel poverty is a significant and growing problem in Moray with energy costs shooting up while wage levels are much more static.

“The Home Energy Hotline offers an excellent first point of contact for people to find out what help is out there and I would urge people in Moray to call them for advice and support on energy usage.”

The Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline (0800 512 012) is free to call and energy advice is available now for everyone across Scotland.

For more advice and information go to www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.
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