Homes could get heating cost assistance

Dennis Robertson at the Home Heat Helpline Drop In with Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline. '(Picture submitted)
Dennis Robertson at the Home Heat Helpline Drop In with Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline. '(Picture submitted)
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NEW figures reveal that in Aberdeenshire 8,000 homes are entitled to some form of assistance with their fuel bills. That help is worth an average of £250 per household and a free helpline is available for more information.

Lending his support to the campaign, Dennis Robertson MSP said, “Around 8,000 homes in Aberdeenshire are entitled to some form of support. 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 Home Heat Helpline.”

The number for the Home Heat Helpline is 0800 33 66 99 or you can visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk. It is a free service that provides independent advice to people on low incomes on how to get help with their gas and electricity bills as well as other help such as grants for insulation or a new boiler.

As well as supporting the campaign locally, Dennis Robertson MSP recently attended a briefing in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the helpline.

Christine McGourty from the Home Heat Helpline also advises people to think about what they can do around the home to reduce their energy consumption. She said, “As well as calling the Home Heat Helpline to find out what financial assistance is available there are some other simple steps people can take. For example:

Turn radiators down in rooms which you only use occasionally

Switch your lights off when you’re not using them

Turn appliances like TVs and phone chargers off at the wall rather than leaving them on standby when they’re not being used

Replace normal light bulbs with energy efficient ones

Regularly defrost your freezer to make sure it’s operating at full efficiency

Draw curtains over windows at night to provide insulation for the room

Move furniture away from radiators and heaters to allow heat to circulate around the room

Open internal doors of any rooms which get more sun than others and let the warm air travel around your home”