MSP Derek dishes out money-sav­ing tips

Paisley Daily Express - - News -

A Ren­frew­shire politi­cian says he’s found the per­fect recipe to help fam­i­lies save money on their en­ergy bills.

MSP for Ren­frew­shire North and West, Derek Mackay, took part in a spe­cial cook­ery les­son aimed at show­ing how much cash house­holds can save us­ing new smart me­ters.

The event, held at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment by Smart En­ergy GB as part of Scot­tish Health and Food Fort­night, saw Mr Mackay help whip up a tasty stir-fried chicken noo­dles with spinach dish.

Mr Mackay joined fel­low MSPs to watch Liam MacDonough, ex­ec­u­tive chef in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, cook up a spe­cial en­ergy sav­ing recipe that he de­vel­oped to demon­strate that cook­ing lo­cally sourced, fresh meals for your fam­ily doesn’t need to be ex­pen­sive.

With a serv­ing for four peo­ple cost­ing just 5p in en­ergy, the stir-fried chicken noo­dles is a quick, cost-ef­fec­tive meal.

A smart me­ter was used to mea­sure the en­ergy costs of cook­ing the dish, dis­play­ing the re­sults in pounds and pence on a dig­i­tal dis­play.

The recipe was also served in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment res­tau­rant that day, with Smart En­ergy GB staff on hand to give en­ergy sav­ing ad­vice to MSPs.

With 7.7 mil­lion smart me­ters al­ready in­stalled across Bri­tain, Mr Mackay is look­ing for­ward to see­ing smart me­ters help peo­ple to mon­i­tor their en­ergy us­age across Ren­frew­shire.

Mr Mackay said:“If you’re cook­ing at home with­out a smart me­ter, you won’t know how much en­ergy you’re us­ing and how much it’s cost­ing you. Through watch­ing the cook­ery demon­stra­tion, I was de­lighted to see first-hand how smart me­ters will give us all much more con­trol of what we spend on gas and elec­tric­ity, and fi­nally put an end to es­ti­mated bills.

“I would en­cour­age my con­stituents to call their en­ergy sup­plier to­day and ask for an ap­point­ment to get their own smart me­ter fit­ted.”

Cook­ing up a storm Derek Mackay with Liam MacDonough, the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s ex­ec­u­tive chef

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