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FAREHAM MP Suella Fernandes has urged people to take advantage of measures being made available to help keep their homes warm this winter.

British Gas is offering free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of the government’s ECO scheme.

Figures suggest loft insulation can save up to £140 and cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 per year in a typical semi-detached home.

Miss Fernandes said: ‘We’ve had a mild winter so far, but it’s important to be prepared for when it does turn cold.

‘I’d urge people to take some time to have a look at what help is available for them and for their family to insulate their homes and make best use of the energy they do use.

‘Being energy-efficient is important, not just for the environment but also to keep bills under control.

‘I would advise everyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.’

Customers are also being urged to make sure they are on the best gas and electricity tariff, while vulnerable people may be entitled to extra support from the government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria.

The Warm Home Discount is a one-off discount of £140 to pensioners on low incomes.

Stephen Beynon, managing director of British Gas Residential Energy, said: ‘Winter can be a challenging time for households 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.

‘In the long term, energy efficiency is still the best way to save money on bills.

‘British Gas is working with the government to roll out free loft and cavity wall insulation for eligible households and you don’t need to be a British Gas customer to sign up.

‘We’re also proud to be leading the way in the roll-out of smart meters which enable you to see how much energy you are using and identify where savings can be made.’

To find out if your home is suitable for help with insulation, call British Gas on 0800 316 4051 or go to britishgas.co.uk/insulation.

Details of the government’s Warm Homes Scheme ares available from gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme