With winter approaching, it is important that people are taking advantage of free help and support with their energy bills.

It is really important to be prepared for winter and I want all my constituents and I want everyone living in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park to understand what help is available to them, and for their family and friends. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I advise everyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.

There are a number of simple steps that every constituent should take to make sure they’re doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm.

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 pleased to be working with the UK 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 in pounds and pence and identify where savings can be made.”

Here are some ways to help you save money this winter:

Insulate your home

One of the best ways to be energy efficient and keep your home warm is to insulate it. British Gas is currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of the UK Government’s ECO scheme. Insulation can save hundreds of pounds – for example loft insulation can save up to £140 and cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 per year in a typical semi-detached home. To find out if your home is suitable call British Gas free on 0800 316 4051 or visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/insulation.

Get the best deal

Make sure you are on the best gas and electricity tariff for you. British Gas tells customers in every bill if they have a better tariff for them, allows customers to switch between its tariffs without paying a penalty charge and offers flexible payment plans which allow customers to set and manage their own payments. Anyone worried about their energy bill can call British Gas on 0800 048 0202 to discuss the help available.

Extra support for vulnerable customers

Constituents may be entitled to extra support from the Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. Last year more than 650,000 British Gas customers in the UK received the Warm Home Discount – a one off discount of £140 on the electricity bill. British Gas has the broadest eligibility criteria of all energy suppliers. British Gas customers should call 0800 072 8625.

The British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their household bills. Since it was established in 2004, British Gas has provided £78million of funding to the Trust which has helped more than 120,000 people with debt advice and grants. For more information on the British Gas Energy Trust, visit: www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk.