Free help to reduce energy bills

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HUNDREDS of Aberdeenshire households will be given free help to cut their energy bills this winter.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has allocated a further £190,000 to instal vital energy efficiency measures, such as loft and cavity insulation into 800 homes across the region.

A Scottish Government cash back voucher scheme will also benefit up to 35,000 households throughout Scotland. It will allow individual householders to apply for £500 vouchers to contribute to the cost of new energy efficiency measures in their properties.

Ms Sturgeon said: “With temperatures dropping and colder weather beginning to bite, households in Aberdeenshire will be worrying about their winter energy bills.

“Solid action is absolutely imperative. That is why we have ploughed additional funds into the Universal Home Insulation Scheme to help make homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

“This is the kind of vital help which can make a real difference to those struggling to make ends meet and demonstrates we will do whatever we can within devolved powers to tackle fuel poverty.”

Anyone seeking help with heating bills can contact the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012.