Kate Forbes MSP urges Highland households to stay warm this winter

With freezing weather setting in, Kate Forbes MSP is urging Highlanders to make sure their homes are prepared for the winter.

Each year, around 1.3 million homes across Britain experience a boiler breakdown and a new study shows that 34 per cent of households haven’t had their boiler serviced over the past year - putting themselves at risk of a similar crisis. 

During the Beast from the East, temperatures of below -10°C and wind speeds of over 60mph led to the busiest week on record for Scottish Gas, with 104 calls for assistance coming in every second.

This winter, Scottish Gas’ team of engineers have worked with Google to launch ‘Boiler Support’. This is a free service available via the Google Assistant app which helps people fix some of the less technical boiler problems at home: https://www.scottishgas.co.uk/home-services/boiler-support.html  

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “It’s really important for homes to be prepared for the winter.

“I want everyone across the Highlands to understand what help is available to them, and for their family and friends.

“Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is also really important, so I’d encourage people to seek advice from their energy supplier and take practical steps to help with their energy use this winter.”

Scottish Gas engineer Julie Dickson added: “Last winter was fairly mild but you never know when we might see an extreme weather event in the UK – Beast from the East wasn’t until March just when we expect things to start getting warmer.

“There are some really simple steps you can take to help prepare your house for winter and keep everything running, but if something does go wrong, we’re always on standby to come to the rescue.”

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