Additional help to manage fuel costs and reduce energy

A new service will be launched to help local residents reduce energy consumption and manage their fuel costs more effectively.

From September, face-to-face meetings can be arranged with specialist advisers, through Angus Council thanks to a £69,000 grant to the authority.

The new service expands on the existing telephone energy efficiency services provided by SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel), the Government Energy Advice Centre which, based in Aberdeen, delivers energy advice programmes

Councillor Donald Morrison, the council’s neighbourhood services convener, said: “This is great news for residents across Angus and I’d like to thank the hard work of council employees to secure the funding. I know that there are many households looking at ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint and also reduce their bills.

“The most vulnerable households in our society are often the ones who have the least access to support and this partnership with SCARF will fund two skilled and trained fuel poverty advice officers to deliver direct support by providing a more in-depth home visit to address all energy-related issues concerning the householder.”

The scheme has also been endorsed by local MSP Nigel Don who said the project will open up further ways to help householders.

He continued: “Advisers can also plug householders into the various Scottish Government schemes which help people insulate their homes or upgrade their boilers. They can help to ensure that householders are paying the correct tariff to the fuel companies. I am delighted that Angus Council and their partners, Save Cash and Reduce fuel, have been successful in winning this award, and I congratulate Councillor Morrison’s team who clearly put together a very robust case for this excellent project.”