“Winter-proof your home and cut your energy costs” says Steve McCabe MP

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak is calling on constituents to winter-proof their homes and the


Currently, around £1 of every £4 spent on heating our homes is wasted because of a lack of adequate insulation. And with over 6 million cavity walls unfilled, and 10 million lofts left unlagged, a huge amount of money is being wasted.  



Last Year Birmingham was hit by many winter weather related problems such as potholes in the roads, roads iced over, and central heating boilers freezing leaving many people in the cold over Christmas.



This year Birmingham city council is starting to get people ready for the cold winter months – that’s why they want people to think now about how they can winter proof their homes effectively.



Customers of British Gas can take advantage of the company’s offer to insulate their homes free if they apply before 22nd December 2011 (call 0800 980 8177). Customers on lower incomes, regardless of their supplier, can also call a special helpline to see if they are eligible for free insulation or discounted bills (call 0800 33 66 99).



Steve McCabe MP recently met with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK at an Open Day at the House of Commons, where he discussed what support was available for stretched household budgets during the winter months.



Steve  said:

Pensioners in Birmingham are already being hit hard by Government cuts to the Winter Fuel Allowance and the rising costs of energy. It is important that as winter approaches they are not just aware, but also taking advantage of offers which help them insulate their homes effectively.”



“Christmas is expensive enough without having to worry about high energy bills to get you through the cold winter months. This is why it is important that people act early by winter proofing their homes and their finances.



“People should check that they are claiming all the benefits that they are entitled to. I would advise anyone unsure to contact Citizens Advice Bureau for help.



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