Residents being urged to seek help to cut fuel bills

People across the country are being urged to act now in a bid to cut their bills and make their homes warmer.

By Iain Russell
Wednesday, 7th October 2015, 7:00 am
Help is available to help residents cut their fuel bills this winter
Help is available to help residents cut their fuel bills this winter

As part of a Scottish Government campaign to help Scots keep warm this winter and beyond, people are being encouraged to call Home Energy Scotland (HES), the one-stop shop for advice and support.

Around a third of Scottish households have been offered advice by the helpline since it started.

It is the only source of clear and impartial advice on how to make your home cheaper to heat.

This new campaign to raise awareness of HES comes as the Scottish Government extends its range of support, with schemes such as Warmer Homes Scotland and interest free loans for energy efficiency improvements.

Everyone can get help and it’s free to call. As well as receiving money-saving energy advice and an assessment of their property by phone, householders may be eligible to receive help to replace their old, inefficient boiler with a new model, which could also cut hundreds of pounds off their annual fuel bills.

Some may also be in line for free loft and cavity wall insulation, while others could receive a full central heating system at no cost.

Interest free, unsecured loans of up to £10,000 are also available to householders for installing a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

There are also a wide number of schemes available that are based on where people live.

Alex Neil, Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, said: “Anyone can get energy efficiency advice and find out what’s available to them.

“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for the Scottish Government and fuel poverty is still a major issue in Scotland.

“Our long-term commitment will help thousands more households and is part of our promise to help Scots escape fuel poverty.”

To find out more call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or go to

Act now to make your home warmer and help Scotland go greener.