Cornwall MP Promotes Energy Efficiency

24 October 2013

As energy bills continue to rise, a Conservative MP in Cornwall is helping local residents recognise the benefits of an energy efficient home.

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, has recently launched a free guide detailing how householders can save money on their fuel bills, taking into account everything from behavioural changes to Government initiatives.

The move comes as the Energy Saving Trust has called for the Government to better promote energy efficiency.

October saw many of the UK’s largest energy suppliers increase their prices, meaning consumers will feel the pinch sooner rather than later. In response, the Government has called for householders to consider changing their tariff or energy provider and improve the energy efficiency of their property through the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal schemes.

Newton’s guide includes a detailed look at the energy efficiency measures available to householders, including Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, and hot water tank insulation. Residents are recommended to make behavioural changes, such as drawing the curtains at dusk and switching to energy-saving light bulbs, while advice regarding switching energy tariffs or providers is also included.

“There is more help available in Cornwall this year than last,” explained Newton. “Help to make your home more energy efficient; grants and financial assistance with bills are available from both local and national Government, energy companies and local charities – you just need to know where to look.”

According to the Government, more than a million properties have been fitted with Loft Insulation in the past year, and another 460,000 with Cavity Wall Insulation. Still, some 13 million other properties currently lack sufficient insulation, a figure the Government hopes can be reduced by promotional measures like Newton’s guide.

Newton added: “I would urge anyone who needs help, or knows of anyone who does, to contact my office and find out about the help that is available to them. I want to ensure that anyone who is worried about their heating bills this winter gets help now.”

In addition to Newton’s free guide, Cornwall’s over-50 residents are also set to receive assistance from Age UK Cornwall.

The charity will be hosting a free event in Falmouth designed to provide advice on cutting energy bills. The event – to be held on Wednesday 13 November (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) – will explain the best actions residents can take to save energy, as well as focusing on Government schemes that can provide free Cavity Wall Insulation and free Loft Insulation.

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