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More free insulation and energy advice on offer in the Highlands. (01/02/12)
Householders in the Highland Council wards of Nairn, North, West, and Central Sutherland and Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh are being urged to take advantage of a Scottish Government initiative which could make their homes warmer and help save money on energy bills.
Following on from a highly successful similar campaign last winter, householders in three Council Wards are being invited to take part in the Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS).
The Highland Council has been awarded £385,000 by the Scottish Government to deliver UHIS. As of 30th January the scheme has been extended to the Nairn ward as well as the existing wards of North, West and Central Sutherland and Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh.
UHIS has two main objectives, to provide universal energy efficiency measures to a large number of Highland households and to deliver emission savings and assist in reducing fuel poverty.
The Scottish Government scheme offers householders a free home energy audit and free impartial advice to help reduce fuel bills through the Scottish Government’s Energy Assistance Package. For private households identified as needing cavity wall and loft insulation, the scheme offers free surveys and installation by Carillion Energy Services. Referrals can also be made to social landlords identifying potential insulation works in their properties.
Approximately 16,000 households will have been mailed information by early February which will provide further information on the offers available.
Peter Rickard, Centre Manager of the local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre which is working on the campaign with The Highland Council said: “With the recent increases in energy bills and another winter ahead, it is more important than ever that people find out how they can insulate their home more effectively and reduce their heating costs.
“We are urging householders to act now and call 0800 512 012 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. The offer of free insulation means that every household in these areas can benefit from a warmer winter and lower energy costs.”
The funding for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme lasts until the end of March 2012 so households should act now to make sure they don’t miss out. They should call The Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0800 512 012 as soon as possible to speak to an advisor.
Margaret Davidson Chair of The Highland Council’s Housing and Social Work Committee said: “This is a win, win situation for householders in these areas of the Highlands. Not only will they make their homes warmer this winter but they will also save money on their energy bills.”