With fuel prices rising, many people are anxious about the cost of keeping warm, especially when winter bites.
Fuel poverty exists where a householder has to pay more than 10 per cent of their disposable income on energy for the home. Estimates suggest that more than 100,000 households in Glasgow are paying more than 10 per cent of their net income to keep warm - with around 35,000 householders paying more than 20 per cent.
The good news is that help is at hand. Expert advisors can help you cut your bills and energy use while staying warm.
- The Glasgow Home Energy Advice Team - or G.HEAT - can provide face to face advice to residents in fuel poverty. Information covers a variety of areas including energy billing, obtaining the best tariffs, benefits health checks and providing advice on the best use of energy in the home.
- Meanwhile, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is helping its tenants keep warm and cut their gas and electricity bills through their Fuel Advisor service. More than 2,700 GHA residents have already benefited from their expert advice. GHA tenants can make an appointment with a Fuel Advisor by calling 0800 479 7979.
Tenant Gerald McCafferty saved more than £240 a year on his fuel bills after a visit from a GHA Fuel Advisor.
Mr McCafferty, 62, said: "My bills were really hefty during the winter. I had to keep putting money into the meter all the time. The Fuel Advisor discovered
I was on the wrong rate and changed my meter for me. I'm fair chuffed. I also had my timer set so the heating goes on for me in the morning.
"It's made a big difference. I've even recommended the service to my neighbour downstairs.