WIGAN’S MP is urging residents to cold-proof their homes now ahead of the winter freeze.
Lisa Nandy says that with the costs of food, clothing and running a car all on the increase, one cost that consumers can take action to control in the borough is the rising energy bill.
Currently, around £1 of every £4 we spend on heating our homes is wasted because of a lack of adequate insulation, she says.
And with thousands of cavity walls and lofts across Wigan remaining unfilled and unlagged, “huge amounts of money” is being wasted.
Ms Nandy said “We all know that household budgets are stretched.
“One area where households can take control is over their energy bills where simple steps will help you use less and save you money. If people in Wigan take action and get the free energy efficiency that they are entitled to, then they can save themselves hundreds of pounds every year. If they act now they can be ready long before winter.”
Following an agreement with the previous Labour Government in 2008, the major energy suppliers are committed to improving the energy efficiency levels of much of the UK’s housing stock to the tune of £5.5billion. Further information from www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/funding_ops/cert/cert.aspx