It’s time to wrap up your home

Loft insulation is an effective way of maintaining the heat inside your home
Loft insulation is an effective way of maintaining the heat inside your home
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Staying warm is everyone’s priority in winter and with forecasters predicting temperatures are about to plummet, now is the time to act to ensure you are prepared.

However, spiralling heating costs have left many people dreading their next bill.

But help is at hand to make your home warmer while reducing the costs.

A call to the Home Energy Scotland Hotline – 0800 512 012 – can provide you with a one-stop shop for advice and support to stay warm this winter and for years to come.

By ringing the free phone number, people can join over 230,000 Scots who have already benefited from expert energy advice, get help to cut their energy bills and improve the warmth of their home. Advisors can provide details of free offers, discounts and other support available whether you are renting or a homeowner.

The Scottish Government has boosted investment and support to tackle fuel poverty and helps Scots to have warmer, affordable and very importantly, greener homes. This year, a further £7.5 million is being made available to help households across Scotland replace inefficient boilers. It was recently announced a further £6 million is helping improve insulation to make homes warmer and more efficient – all part of action to increase energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty in 2012-13.

Everyone can get help of some kind. Whether it is money-saving energy advice or receiving £400 towards the cost of replacing their old, inefficient boiler with a new model which could cut up to £300 off their annual fuel bills. Many will also be in line for free loft and cavity wall insulation, and some will even receive a full central heating system at no cost to them.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland is an energy rich nation and everyone should live in a safe, warm, affordable home.

“The Energy Scotland Hotline is a vital source of information for families across the country, providing comprehensive advice on energy saving to support those most in need.

“I would urge anyone who has not looked at loft or cavity wall insulation, or those looking to replace their old and inefficient boiler to contact the hotline as soon as possible to find out about the range of offers available to help them cut their household heating bills this winter.

Mike Thornton of the Home Energy Scotland Hotline said: “The cold weather is definitely upon us and with energy costs rising, it’s important for everyone to do what they can to keep their energy bills down.”

To find out exactly what you are eligible for call the hotline or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.