Families entitled to fuel help
THOUSANDS of Plymouth families are entitled to help with their energy costs, says city MP Oliver Colvile.
Mr Colvile is encouraging people to call a free helpline to find out about the assistance that is available.
He said new research showed that about 8,000 households in his Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency were entitled to help.
Nationally, more than one in 10 UK households is eligible.
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"Many people don't realise what support is available," Mr. Colvile said.
"Anyone who is concerned about staying warm should call the Home Heat Helpline and seek advice.
"I would also ask people to look out for neighbours, friends or relatives who may be in difficulty and make sure that they are aware of the helpline."
Christine McGourty from the helpline gave some tips on reducing energy use:
Turning your thermostat down by 1C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save around £100 a year, she said.
Turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally.
Switch off lights when you are not using them.
Turn off appliances like TV sets and phone chargers at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they are not being used.
Replace normal light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.
Regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it is operating at full efficiency.
Draw curtains over windows at night to insulate the room.
Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate.
Home Heat Helpline: 0800 336699 or www.homeheathelpline.org.uk