How to cut energy bills

MICHAEL Connarty Labour MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk has pledged to take some time to save money and energy this week in support of the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week (20th-26th October). He is urging local people to call the Act on CO2 Advice Line or visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website to find out what simple steps they could take to save energy in the home, cutting energy bills and protecting the environment at the same time.

Michael has also signed a Parliamentary Motion supporting Energy Saving Week, which points out that energy efficiency can play a key role in reducing energy bills at a time of increasing prices. The Motion highlights research by the Energy Saving Trust showing that people feel a lack of time is a barrier to them taking energy saving measures. However, the Energy Saving Trust also provides some simple tips on quick and easy measures that people can take to cut their energy consumption and fuel bills.

Michael said: “I am delighted to support the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Week, to highlight the impact that wasting energy can have on the energy bills of hard working local people and the environment. With us all having busier and busier lives, I know that people in West Lothian sometimes feel they do not have the time to take steps to save energy, but as the Energy Saving Trust are showing, it does not need to take long to save energy and money on your fuel bills too. That’s why I am committing to take a small amount of time out of my busy schedule to take action to cut my energy use this week and hope that local residents will find out what they can do as well. So I will be making sure I do my bit by taking simple steps like switching appliances off at the socket rather than leaving them on stand by, and using low energy light bulbs to improve energy efficiency in my home.”

Michael added: “In Energy Saving Week, I am now urging all of my constituents to see what they can do to save energy by calling the Act on CO2 Advice Line on 0800 512 012 where local, expert and impartial advisers can give them individual advice on energy saving measures they can take, and on grants and other help that may be available. Alternatively, they can visit the Energy Saving Trust website at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

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