INTEREST-FREE LOANS AVAILABLE TO HELP REDUCE FUEL BILLS

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed news that £30million of funding has been made available to help people reduce their fuel bills by making their homes warmer and more energy efficient.

Under the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS), householders can apply for an interest-free unsecured loan of up to £15,000 – and benefit from a 25 per cent cashback offer – to install measures such as wall, loft and roof insulation, double glazing, draught proofing and new boilers.
Interest-free loans will also be available to registered social landlords to help them make their properties more energy efficient.
Last year, 1700 households in Scotland cut their fuel bills by an average of £165 thanks to home improvements funded by HEEPS loans. This latest round of funding could benefit up to 8000 householders.

Mr Matheson said: “These interest-free loans offer householders an affordable way to keep their homes warm while cutting their fuel bills. Making homes more energy efficient is also a great way to shrink our carbon footprint, so this isn’t just good news for my constituents’ pockets but also for the environment.”

Anyone interested in a HEEPS loan should call 0808 808 2282 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org