Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson is encouraging his constituents to prepare for the cold months ahead by making use of the Scottish Governments Home Energy Hotline.

His call comes after a new survey found that almost 80 per cent of Scots are concerned about the cost of their energy bills this winter. And, while many Scots use or would be interested in using loft (45%) or wall (32%) insulation to help make their homes warmer, only 29 per cent of people said they have claimed the free home insulation they are eligible for.

Michael said:

“I would strongly encourage anyone concerned about their heating bills and keeping warm this winter to take advantage of this excellent facility.

“Everyone can get help. The Scottish Government’s Hotline is a one-stop-shop for energy advice and support. One call is all it takes for people to find out what they are eligible for. Advisors can provide details of free offers, discounts and other support available to help everyone have a warmer, affordable and greener home this winter.

“This survey found that almost half of Scottish adults have not checked their current home’s insulation levels for at least a year, even though nearly 2 out of 3 Scottish homes that have lofts don’t have enough insulation. With the cold months upon us, planning and preparing now for the drop in temperatures will ensure a warmer home that costs less to heat.

“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 find out about the range of offers available.

“Scotland is an energy rich nation and everyone should live in a safe, warm, affordable home. Act now, use the hotline and keep warm”.

The Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline (0800 512 012) is free to call and energy advice is available now for everyone across Scotland.
For more advice and information go to www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk