Keeping warm this winter

The Scottish Government is urging households across South Ayrshire to call their free helpline to ensure they are kept warm.

Almost 800,000 households across Scotland have benefited from calling the Government’s Home Energy Scotland helpline which gives advice and support on how best to keep your home warm in winter and beyond since its inception in 2009.

People in South Ayrshire are being asked to call the hotline on 0808 808 2282 to find out what benefits they could be entitled to.

Many are eligible to have insulation, boilers and central heating installed for free and one call to the hotline is all it takes to find out if you qualify.

With over 250,000 physical measures including insulation, boilers and central heating already installed across Scotland since the campaign began, the Home Energy campaign is reminding everyone this week that there is still time to call and get help.

The Scottish Government has a budget of £74 million this year to help Scots reduce their fuel bills and transform Scotland’s housing stock into warmer, more efficient, greener homes – all part of actions to increase energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty in 2013/14.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Home Energy Scotland hotline is the only source of clear and impartial advice to help people across the country make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. Many people have already benefited by picking up the phone but many are also losing out by not finding out what they are entitled to and taking up initiatives.

“Anyone can apply for up to £1,200 towards home improvements that will make their homes warmer, greener and more cost-effective.

“The hotline’s advisers are friendly and there to help, one call is all it takes to find out what you might be eligible for.

“The hotline has already made a huge difference to thousands of homes across the country, helping Scots keep warm this winter and beyond.

“I would urge people across South Ayrshire to pick up the phone to the hotline now to find out how they can benefit.”

A home that isn’t well insulated can lose more than 50 per cent of its heat through its roof and walls, yet just a quarter of Scots surveyed would consider getting new insulation compared to the 71 per cent that said they would consider wearing a coat or extra jumper indoors in order to keep their bills low.

The Home Energy Scotland hotline’s expert advisers can inform callers which of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes they qualify for, as well as giving personalised advice on how to make homes more efficient.

To find out exactly what you are eligible for - whatever your circumstances - call the Scottish Government Home Energy Scotland hotline now on 0808 808 2282 or go to www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.

Act now for a warmer home.