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Free Insulation For Scottish Homeowners

By Katie Anderson on October 4, 2011

Homeowners in Scotland will soon be able to benefit from free home insulation, thanks to a Government scheme that is set to launch next year.

Targeting some 200,000 homes, the Universal Home Insulation Scheme will help homeowners combat rising energy bills and lower carbon emissions. At a cost of around £12.5 million, the energy efficiency scheme is to be administered by local authorities, and will enable households to implement energy saving home improvements, such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.

Commenting on the free insulation scheme, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil said energy firms were essentially “undermining” the Government’s attempts to reduce the number of people stuck in fuel poverty by hiking their energy prices.

“With the onset of winter just round the corner, now more than ever, we need to offer support and immediate assistance to those most in need to help them heat their homes and stay energy efficient,” he added.

The Universal Home Insulation Scheme is but one measure the Scottish Government has implemented to help homeowners achieve better heating and energy efficiency. Currently running, the Boiler Scrappage Scheme is offering a £400 subsidy by way of a voucher towards the cost of upgrading to a new energy efficient boiler.

To find out if you are eligible to benefit from the scheme, give the Home Energy Scotland Hotline team a call on 0800 512 012.