Local events help spread the word about free insulation

posted 16 Feb 2012, 02:31 by Alistar Frater
South Edinburgh households are getting free home insulation to help them stay warm and cut energy bills this winter, with Scottish Government funding secured by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The offer provides loft and cavity wall insulation to households who contact the Home Energy Scotland Hotline, or receive a visit from a Home Energy Assessor.

Information events in Gilmerton and Currie are being held to spread the word about the scheme and reassure local householders that the offer is not ‘too good to be true’. The Council wants to see more households taking up the offer while funding is still available in the area.

Councillor Paul Edie, Health, Social Care and Housing Leader, for Edinburgh said: "I would urge residents in South Edinburgh to take time to go along to these events to hear more about the offer as similar schemes in other parts of the capital have proved successful.

"Gas and electricity prices have been rising relentlessly for the last few years. This scheme is helping reduce energy consumption and tackle fuel poverty. Homeowners will see a drop in their bills and also ensure their homes are warmer when they most need it."

Insulating not only helps keep a property warm, it could also save households hundreds of pounds every year in energy bills. Loft insulation can save up to £175 a year, while cavity wall insulation can save up to £135 a year. With no costs to worry about, it’s an easy way to counter the effects of high gas and electricity prices.

Buckstone householder Dr Peter Lodge had cavity wall insulation installed in his home in December 2011 through the South Edinburgh free insulation scheme.

He said: “We’ve felt a difference in the warmth of the house, especially with the cavity wall. It made a big difference straight away.”

“I would absolutely recommend it to others – it’s a no-brainer, especially as it’s free. I’ve already mentioned it to a few people.”

Aside from being a homeowner or private tenant there are no eligibility criteria to meet – the only condition is that the property must be suitable for the insulation. Householders can arrange a free no-obligation survey by calling the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012.

The events will be on 15 February at Gibson Craig Hall in Currie 2:00pm – 6:00pm and on 21 February at Gilmerton Faith Mission 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Anyone can drop in to find out more about the scheme and speak to an energy advisor.