Aug 10 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
SUMMER may be in full swing, but the Scottish Government this week urged people in the Stirling area and beyond to be prepared for the looming winter months.
Holyrood Infrastructure and Capital Investment Minister, Alex Neil, encouraged locals to take advantage of energy advice available from the Home Energy Scotland Hotline.
Mr Neil described the facility, available by calling 0800512012 and reckoned to have been used by more than 200,000 Scots since its inception, as a “vital source of information for families across Scotland, providing comprehensive advice on energy saving to support those most in need.”
Those using the service could benefit from independent, money-saving energy advice and may also be eligible to have insulation, a new boiler, or a full central heating system installed at no cost – according to a Scottish Government spokesperson.
Mr Neil continued by declaring: “This year we have invested an additional £7.5 million in our boiler scrappage scheme, which will enable us to meet our manifesto commitment to providing support for 30,000 new boilers three years ahead of schedule.
“This programme has helped people to improve their energy efficiency around the home, enabling them to cut heating bills and preventing further families falling into fuel poverty. Many Scottish households are losing money every day by not taking up free insulation offers supported by the Scottish Government.
“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 access this additional resource.”
The additional funding is part of a £65m budget to tackle fuel poverty in 2012/13.
By calling the hotline, households may be in line to receive £400 towards the cost of replacing their boiler.
To check eligibility telephone 0800 512012 or visit the website www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.