South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish is urging constituents to take advantage of free advice to save energy and reduce their bills.
The Home Heat Helpline was in Parliament this week to promote its free phone service which provides straightforward, clear advice specifically targeted at people worried about their energy bills.
The service can provide advice on grants, benefits and payment schemes that are available along with basic steps people can take to reduce their bills. Since launching in 2005, the service has handled over 250,000 calls from across the UK.
Speaking following the event in Parliament, Ms Beamish said: “Across the country, the rising cost of energy bills is hitting families hard and forcing more and more people into fuel poverty. This problem is particularly acute in rural areas where homes are often off-grid and hard to heat.
“The Home Heat Helpline is there to help people who are worried about paying their energy bills, offering free practical advice and directing people to support that can help reduce their costs.
“From small changes like adjusting heat settings to bigger jobs like organising insulation, helpline staff are on hand to guide people through the process and to put them in touch with services that can help.
“The Helpline is reaching out to those most in need of support and I would encourage constituents who are worried about their energy bills to take advantage of the help on offer.”