Winter-proof your home

MP Rosie Winterton
MP Rosie Winterton

Residents are being urge to winter-proof their homes and help keep their energy costs down.

Rosie Winterton, who represents Doncaster Central, is also urging people to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

She said: “There are a number of simple steps that people should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm.

“It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want all my constituents to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends.

“Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise everyone in

Doncaster to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”

One of the best ways to be energy efficient and keep your home warm is to insulate it, said Rosie.

A number of energy suppliers are currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation which is available to 90 per cent of homes that need it.

People may be entitled to extra support from the Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria.

Last year around 550,000 British Gas customers in the UK received the Warm Home Discount – a one off discount of £135 on the electricity bill, rising to £140 this year.

Ian Peters, Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy, said: “We know that household budgets are tight and many people will be concerned about their winter energy bill. There is help available, and we urge customers to get in touch.”