Winter is closing in, and heating providers like Capital Plumbing & Heating Sheffield are readying for customers callouts. SNP MSP Tom Arthur for Renfrewshire South, is urging people across the region to ensure that their homes that ready for whatever winter might bring in.
Back in 2017’s winter, more than 154,000 homes across Scotland reportedly experienced a breakdown of their home boilers, leaving them unable to heat up their homes. During the cold snap, dubbed the ‘During the Beast from the East’, temperatures of below -10°C and wind speeds exceeding 60mph, which led to the busiest week on record for Scottish Gas, symbolic of the increase in activity during that period.
According to Scottish Gas, they saw 104 callouts every second, which is 1300% of the usual volumes that they receive. Engineers across Scotland were forced to cancel their holidays and stayed on call in order to be ready for the customers.
Arthur says that it’s important to stay ahead of what winter might bring. He says that he wants the region of Renfrewshire South to understand what kind of help, from providers like Capital Plumbing & Heating Sheffield, they have access to. Arthur adds that energy efficiency and ensuring that bills are under control are also important, which is why he encourages people to ask their energy supplier for tips to help with energy efficiency for their homes.
Scottish Gas Service and Repair Engineer, Julie Dickson, says that there are some really simple steps that homeowners can take in order to prepare their home for winter, keeping everything in their house running properly. Dickson reassures people, that, on the off-chance that something does go wrong, they’re always on standby to help.
He was happy to share a few tips for being ready for winter, including simple, overlooked advice like using thick curtains and rugs could help with insulation. Dickson also reminds customers that they are entitled to certain perks and rebates, like £140 winter rebates from the Warm Home Discount scheme, as well as the British Gas Energy Trust, which allows for free consultations, financial supports, as well as grants.