Lewis Citizens Advice Bureau is taking part in a national campaign this week (22nd-27th) to offer practical help to people who are worried about the rising cost of gas and electricity bills.
The local campaign effort will include a special information event at the Co-Op on Macaulay Road in Stornoway today (25th) from 9.30am to 5.00pm.
Lewis CAB spokesperson Ewan Kennedy commented: “Here at the CAB we see people every day who are struggling to pay their fuel bills. And those who suffer most are those who are already vulnerable - like pensioners, sick and disabled people and low-income families.
“Such people often tell us they have to choose between eating and heating. And the latest round of fuel bill increases only adds to the pressure already being felt– particularly with winter coming up.
”But we’re pleased to say that there is some good news. There are quite a few schemes available now that really do help people save money on their fuel bills. The problem is that people don’t know about them, or don’t know how to go about taking advantage of them.
“For that reason the CAB service is running a campaign this week to show people some easy practical steps you can take to cut your bills - for example by switching suppliers or by taking advantage of free schemes that help you insulate their homes. These schemes really do work.
“It has been calculated that, by taking advantage of this advice, the average family can save up to £650* from their annual fuel bills. That’s not bad – especially when you consider that all our advice is completely free.”
“We are holding our Big Energy Saving Week event at the Co-Op on Macaulay Road on Thursday the 25th October alongside the Energy Advisory Service.
“They will be there to offer additional advice on how to make your home more energy efficient and how to save on your energy bills”.
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is urging anyone concerned about electricity and gas bills to pop down.
He said: “With winter fast approaching and the increase in energy costs, people are worried about being able to heat their homes.
“Scotland is an energy rich country and it is unacceptable that some people have to choose between eating and heating.
“I am pleased that Lewis Citizens Advice Bureau is involved with this campaign and offering help to people and I would urge anyone concerned about their energy bills to get involved.”
Video - Ewan Kennedy, Social Policy Coordinator WICAS, who is at the event in Stornoway.