Fuel advisors are helping tenants in the city cope with gas and electricity use.

The Wheatley Homes Glasgow fuel advice team have helped tenants save £440k on their energy bills in the past year.

They’ve also issued around £1m worth of top-up vouchers to thousands of tenants in Glasgow in the past two years thanks to financial backing from energy regulator OFGEM and the Scottish Government.

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Fuel advisors help tenants every day with energy advice, advocating on their behalf with their supplier, negotiating debt repayment plans and helping tenants when their accounts have been billed wrongly.

The fuel advice service is an important way of tackling fuel poverty and helping tenants stay warm at home.

Bernadette Hewitt, Tenant Chair of Wheatley Homes Glasgow, said: “We’re doing everything we can to help our tenants as fuel bills continue to rise.

“Fuel poverty is a real concern for our tenants, despite our best efforts to help them reduce bills and keep their homes warm.

“Our fuel advisors offer practical help and guidance to save on energy and make homes more energy-efficient, as well as helping tenants set up debt repayment plans.”

Any tenant worried about rising gas and electricity bills should contact their housing officer.

Here are some tips from the advice team on making small energy-saving changes in the home that could make a big difference to your bills.

• Unplug appliances you’re not using

• Only boil enough water in the kettle for what you need

• Don’t leave the hot water tap running – try to use a basin

• Always place lids on pots when cooking, to prevent excessive moisture and cook your food quicker

• Try to cook large batches of food and freeze what’s left

• Always do full loads of washing and try to wash at 30 degrees

• Take shorter showers - five minutes should be enough

• Hairdryers and straighteners cost a lot of money, try to use them sparingly

• The thermostat on your gas boiler needs to be no higher than 55 degrees for the hot water and 60 degrees for the heating

• Your room thermostat should be set no higher than 21 degrees

• Turn down the thermostat on the radiator in rooms that are not being used

• Turn off lights when leaving a room

• Try to use LED light bulbs – they last longer