MSP urges people to take advice from energy hotline

The Scottish parliament is trying to get the country prepared for the onset of winter by advising people to seek advice from the Home Energy Scotland Hotline.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Minister, Alex Neil, is encouraging local people to consult the hotline which he described as a “vital source of information for families across Scotland, providing comprehensive advice on energy saving to support those most in need.” The hotline is believed to have been used by over 200,000 Scots since it was first launched with 12,000 of those receiving vouchers for new boilers and just under 25,000 actual installations carried out. The hotline provides independent, money-saving advice such as who is eligible to have insulation, a new boiler or a full central heating system installed free of charge.

“This year we have invested an additional £7.5 million in our boiler scrappage scheme, which will enable us to meet our manifesto commitment to providing support for 30,000 new boilers three years ahead of schedule” said Mr Neil. “This programme has helped people to improve their energy efficiency around the home, enabling them to cut heating bills and preventing further families falling into fuel poverty. Many Scottish households are losing money every day by not taking up free insulation offers supported by the Scottish Government. 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 access this additional resource.”

The additional funding mentioned by Mr Neil is part of a £65 million budget allocated by the Scottish government to tackle fuel poverty over the period 2012-13. Those people calling the hotline could be eligible for up to £400 towards the cost of a new boiler. This could cut £300 off annual fuel bills.

Meanwhile, the new boiler scrappage scheme should see around 18,000 Scottish householders receive new boilers this year, with around 12,000 new boilers being fitted last year.

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