People in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to seek assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, helping to reduce household energy bills. Housing and Welfare Minister, Margaret Burgess today outlined that households can apply for financial assistance from the Scottish Government of up to £1,000 to pay for energy improvement measures such as cavity and loft insulation, double glazing, a new boiler or draft proofing. Getting loft insulation can reduce energy bills by up to £175 per year, while replacing single-glazed windows with double glazed ones could save the average home around £165 per year. And taking simple steps to draught proof can cut £55 per year off the average property’s energy bill, while getting a new, energy efficient boiler could save a three bedroom home owner up to £300 annually.
Burgess said, “It is my belief that everyone in Dumfries and Galloway should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat. In these current economic times, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of money saving opportunities like these when they can.”
“As well as perhaps being eligible for £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, home owners in Dumfries and Galloway could access a £500 voucher towards the cost of new double glazing or loft insulation, as well as a £100 energy assessment of their home. I would urge anyone who would like to reduce their energy bills to contact the Hotline as soon as possible to find out about the offers available to them.”
Individuals can find out more by telephoning the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline -free – on 0800 512 012, or visiting www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk