Mark urges citizens to 'Get Ready for Winter'

(November 07, 2014)

With winter on the way, Mark has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

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

Insulate your home

One of the best ways to be energy efficient and keep your home warm is to insulate it. British Gas is currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation which is available to 90% of homes that need it and you don’t need to be a British Gas customer to sign up. Loft insulation can save up to £145 and cavity wall insulation can save up to £150 per year. To find out more you can call free on 0800 316 4051 or visit

Get the best deal

Make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help you control your costs.

Financial support

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

British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their household bills. The Trust is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Over the last decade British Gas has provided it with more than £75 million to help 120,000 people with grants and debt advice.

British Gas has teamed up with 18 debt centres across the UK to fund support workers to help people apply for a grant and provide face-to-face advice. You don’t even need to be a British Gas customer to apply. For more information on the British Gas Energy Trust, visit: 

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 to find out what advice and support is on offer.”

Mark said: “It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want all my constituents in Preston to understand what help is available to them, and their family and friends.  Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise everyone in Preston to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”

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