STALYBRIDGE AND HYDE MP, Jonathan Reynolds, has been using his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy team to help advise residents in Mossley on how to get their energy bills under control.
At an event in Mossley last Thursday, Mr Reynolds bought together residents and a panel of speakers to discuss what steps could be taken to improve their home energy efficiency, and reduce their energy use.
The event, which was attended by almost 40 people from the Mossley area, included a talk from Tim Pollard, head of sustainability policy for one of the UK’s largest plumbing industry suppliers, Wolseley UK.
Mr Pollard’s presentation explained how heat leaves people’s homes and what measures, such as solid and cavity wall insulation can be installed to prevent it.
He also went on to explain how simple changes to heating controls and radiators can help to reduce people’s usage without leaving them in the cold.
Other speakers included Nigel Morgan from Tameside Citizen's Advice Bureaux, and Alison Lloyd-Welsh from Tameside MBC.
Mr Reynolds said:
“Energy is a big concern for many people across the constituency. The Government have failed to stand up to the big energy companies and their unfair price increases, so people are desperate for help to get their bills under control.”
“Millions of homes in Britain have notoriously poor energy efficiency, and what I wanted to do with this event was make people aware of the savings they might be able to achieve through making minor changes to their property, and the publically backed schemes that can help them to do it.”
“The event was a big success and I was pleased to see so many people take time out of their day to engage with such an important issue.”
Mr Reynolds said he will be planning two more similar events in different parts of the constituency, and will be informing residents in the relevant areas as and when the details are finalised.