Parliamentarians urge households to keep a step ahead of winter

County parliamentarians Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP are urging local people to take action to ensure their homes are winter-ready.

The call comes after new research has highlighted that having no heating or hot water would be the number one disaster for households this winter.

The national survey, conducted by Scottish Gas, shows that more than a third of households (35%) in Scotland have not checked that their central heating is working and nearly four in ten have not prepared their home for winter by getting their boiler serviced.

Having an annual boiler service carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer is crucial as it detects problems with the boiler and controls, including whether it is leaking poisonous carbon monoxide.

This can also be a good time of year to consider switching energy supplier and obtaining a smart meter to help reduce the cost of energy bills over the expensive winter period.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“It’s really important for local residents to keep a step ahead of winter. I want everyone in East Lothian to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends. Being prepared now can help avoid serious problems through the winter, especially if we experience extreme weather conditions.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Now is a good time for people to start preparing for winter and checking things like boilers and pipes. Many energy companies offer advice and assistance with winter preparedness so residents should contact their supplier and find out what is available. Acting now can save headaches in winter and potentially save consumers money too.”