THOUSANDS of households in Blackpool are entitled to help with their heating costs.
And help is just a phonecall away for low income families or those in poor health.
The Home Heat Helpline offers free and confidential advice that on average saves callers £160 per year on their energy bills.
It offers financial advice including about tariffs, how to get money off bills with rebates and available grants for insulation or new boilers.
Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, where 25 per cent households will benefit from the helpline, is encouraging residents to call up.
He said: “New research reveals 8,100 households in Blackpool South are entitled to help with their energy costs. This is concerning because it means one in four households in Blackpool needs this assistance, which is over twice the national average.
“Nationally, more than one in ten UK households are eligible for help. The help available includes grants for insulation, new boilers, discount and rebate schemes.”
As well as offering advice, the Home Heat Helpline will direct callers, at no extra charge, to other agencies such as Warm Front, Consumer Focus, Energy Saving Trust Advice Centres, benefits teams and Home Improvement Agencies. It is managed by Energy UK and funded by the major energy suppliers.
It is also supported by a range of organisations including Age UK, Citizens Advice, National Energy Action, Family Action and Energy Action Scotland.
Mr Marsden added: “Many residents don’t know that support is out there and if they are worried about staying warm this winter they should contact the Home Heat Helpline.
“Duel fuel bills are going up every year and in Blackpool where we have a high proportion of older and disabled people initiatives such as the Home Heat Helpline are vital.”
There are a number of steps which all households, regardless of income, can take to reduce their consumption and bills.
Turning down your thermostat by just one degree will reduce your bill, on average £100 per year, while turning down radiators will help too.
For more information, contact the helpline on 0800 33 66 99.