While winter lasts there’s still time to cut fuel bills while staying warm, says guest blogger Dagmara Opilka of Home Energy Scotland.
In 2012 over a quarter of households in Scotland spent more than 10% of their income on heating their homes. We’ve all felt the massive price rises over the past few years, not just from the power companies but the overall costs of living have increased dramatically. Whether it’s due to a house that doesn’t keep the heat in, living on a low or fixed income, cold weather or often a combination of all three, the most common outcomes tend to be the same – falling into debt, deteriorating health, extreme stress and an overall decrease in well-being.
There are more and more people that want to or simply need to know what they can do to save money and be comfortable in winter time without compromising their lifestyles. And the support is there, through our free phone line.
The Home Energy Scotland Helpline, funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust, offers free and impartial advice to anyone looking to find out more about saving energy, government grants and living sustainably. Our friendly, local advisors will explore all avenues of government and local schemes to make sure that you can get the support you’re entitled to.
They will discuss and advise on a wide range of topics, such as energy efficiency of your house, ways to reduce your gas and electricity bills, reducing transport costs, reducing waste and up-to-date information on renewable technologies. It’s all about making it relevant and useful to your own circumstances.
If you would like to read more about Home Energy Scotland and find out about other people’s experiences of getting in touch with the helpline, vist our online case studies bank. Or simply call 0800 512 012. It doesn’t cost a penny but it might be most useful call you make this winter.