With winter closing in, Kate Forbes MSP is urging residents across the Highlands to make sure their homes are ready for anything the weather might bring.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch recently met with representatives from Scottish Gas at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, as engineers shared basic tips for households.
Last winter, more than 154,000 homes across Scotland experienced a boiler breakdown, leaving residents unable to heat their homes.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “As winter closes in and the temperature drops, it is really important that people in the Highlands understand what help in terms of energy efficiency and energy bills is available.
“It is important to plan ahead, as it looks like it will be another cold winter.
“Energy suppliers should be able to provide practical advice as well as offer help to be wise about energy consumption.
“Sky high energy bills, and poor insulation, are problems that affect so many people in the Highlands and it is important that energy companies recognise their social obligation to customers.”
Scottish Gas service and repair engineer, Julie Dickson, added: “There are some really simple steps you can take to help prepare your house for winter and keep everything running like clockwork, but if something does go wrong, we’re always on standby to come to the rescue."