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AN UNEMPLOYED Liverpool woman is banishing the winter blues thanks to ScottishPower, who have stepped in with a package of energy efficient measures designed to help her save money and stay warm this winter.

Angela Toborne, 55, will significantly reduce her heating bills thanks to ScottishPower's efforts to help customers like Angela stay warm without breaking the bank during the cold winter months.

ScottishPower has made Angela's three-bedroom house in the Woolton area of the city more energy efficient by providing her with cavity wall insulation. They are also giving her a hot water tank jacket and low energy light bulbs.

The tank jacket will save approximately pounds 15 in heating bills per year and each bulb could save up to pounds 78 * over its lifetime, compared to an ordinary lightbulb.

Angela, a former area manager for a photographic development company, is delighted that the improvements are helping to keep the winter chill at bay, and will also pocket her savings.

She said: "The difference which the energy efficient measures have made to my house is amazing - right away, I noticed my home was cosy and a lot warmer.

"I don't have to keep the central heating on constantly any more, because the house retains the heat for so much longer.

"Before, I'd wake up on some winter mornings and it would be so cold I'd be able to see my breath. Now, the house still retains some of the heat from the night before, so I can get up in comfort.

"The walls of the house even feel warmer to the touch than they did before ScottishPower installed my cavity wall insulation. It's good to know that I'll be spending less on heating bills over the winter period."

ScottishPower is committed to making efforts to help vulnerable, elderly and young people. This includes the launch of its Energy People Trust, which is open to not-for-profit organisations across the UK and allows them to apply for grants that will assist vulnerable families and young people.

The energy supplier has insulated thousands of homes across the UK through its Energy Efficiency Commitment, and has been closely involved in the recently launched Home Heat Helpline' the first of its kind in the UK to focus primarily on tackling the issue of fuel poverty.

Walter French, energy efficiency manager of ScottishPower, was pleased the energy efficient measures had made a big difference to Angela's home. He said:

"Implementing energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation in the home is one of the ways people can reduce their heating bills, help protect the environment, and ultimately pocket savings."

*SOURCE: Energy Saving Trust, www.est.org.uk

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