Advice on how to save energy and money

If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, you could make the switch to a more affordable source of heating.

For example, a heat pump or wood-fuelled boiler may provide a better heating solution for you. Not only is it kinder to the environment, but it can also make a difference to your energy costs – potentially saving you hundreds of pounds each year.

There is a range of financial support available, including interest-free loans of up to £10,000 from the Scottish government, with a payback over eight years, and grants of up to £1250 from the UK government.

This could mean that your upfront costs are either mostly or even totally covered. For example, if you bought an air source heat pump for £9000, you could claim an £850 grant towards the cost of the system plus an interest free loan of £8150.

In addition, you may be able to earn cash from your heating system through the UK government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. This scheme should be available from this summer.

The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre is holding energy surgeries on Monday, January 28, from 1.30-4pm at Girvan Community Centre; Wednesday, January 30, 1.30-4pm at Kirkcudbright Library; and Saturday, February 2, 2.30-4.30pm at Stranraer Library.

Anyone is welcome to go along and talk to the advisers to find out more about the financial and practical support on offer.

For more information, call free on 0800 512 012.