Five things to do this summer to save on next winter’s energy bill – Jenny Willott MP

May 13, 2013 4:36 PM

At the Which? energy advice surgery in Cardiff

Five things to do this summer to save on next winter's energy bill - Jenny Willott MP

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, is encouraging all her constituents to plan ahead for next winter and start saving money on their energy bills.

Recent research shows that nearly half of all those who are eligible for some help with their energy - whether it's for changing their boiler, insulating their homes or getting a discount - do not apply. This is because they did not know that the help was available or thought that it did not apply to them. In addition, people mostly think about getting work done when it's cold.

Energy UK has come up with five simple summer savers, all designed to help people cut their energy bills:

  1. Call the Home Heat Helpline - find out what help you might be eligible for and how to save money on your energy bill.
  2. Apply for your Warm Home Discount - all the major energy suppliers give £135 off to customers who are struggling with their bills and are over 70, living with long-term disabilities or bringing up young children at home. Avoid the rush and apply now - most applications are open.
  3. Get a free home energy check - Every supplier will be able to offer help and advice on what you can do today to save next winter - and most will do it for free. Make sure you talk to your energy supplier about your own home and circumstances.
  4. Fix the leaks - summer is the perfect time to install insulation in your home to ensure you are warm through the winter. Companies offer to do this work for free or at heavily subsidised rates for some customers and the Home Heat Helpline can help you find out if you might qualify.
  5. Spring clean your boiler - while its warm and the boiler takes a welcome break make sure your boiler is as efficient as it can be. If your boiler is 15 years old or more it might be time for a replacement. Boilers account for around 55% of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so it's worth doing if you need to.

Commenting, Jenny Willott said:

"We all want to save money on our energy bills, and particularly when times are as tough as they are right now.

"Lots of people are entitled to this help and are missing out just because they don't know it's there, or don't think about it until winter actually hits.

"I know it's not exactly Mediterranean in Cardiff even now, but given how cold and long the past few winters have been it makes sense to start planning now for when it gets really chilly."

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