Households urged to take up free insulation

THE SCOTTISH Government has issued a plea to households to take advantage of a telephone hotline, which enables them to sign up for free insulation program for their homes.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil MSP, made the call on behalf of the Scottish Government after figures were published revealing that over a million homes in Scotland still do not meet the insulation levels which have been recommended by the Energy Saving Trust in order to keep householders warm and their domestic energy bills as low as possible.

Marking the 30,000th installation carried out under the insulation scheme, Mr Neil called on householders to take advantage of the Home Energy Scotland Hotline initiative, which it is claimed could help save households up to £185 a year.

“With winter fast approaching, having the correct levels of insulation installed in a home is one of the easiest ways to keep warm and save money on fuel bills, not only this winter but throughout the year”, said Mr Neil.

“Houses lose over half their heat through walls and roofs but by signing up for UHIS free cavity wall and loft insulation, the average household can save £185 a year.

“Phoning the Home Energy Scotland Hotline is a simple step people in Scotland can take towards keeping their homes warmer and energy bills down.”

Mike Thornton, Director of the Energy Saving Trust which runs the Home Energy Scotland hotline, added:

“Having loft or cavity wall insulation installed couldn’t be easier. One phone call is all it takes to find out what sort of discount you could be eligible for and most installations take less than an hour, with little to no disruption to the home.”

Studies show that over 50% of the heat in domestic homes is lost through the roof and walls. The scheme aims to improve domestic energy efficiency by insulating roofs and, where practicable, by also insulating walls.

The Scottish Government recently announced £12.5 million for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS), opening it up to a further 200,000 homes across Scotland.

Householders can find out more by contacting the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012 or on 0300 456 2655 from a mobile, or by visiting www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk