Grant to help cut energy bills

Angus Council has been successful in bidding for cash to help home owners in the county carry out home energy measures.

The Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Grant of £510,000 will assist residents with the cost of insulating their homes. The first phase of the scheme will involve approximately 7,128 homes in Forfar and Kirriemuir. Direct mailing to all relevant households will start within the next two to three weeks.

The council’s spokesperson on housing issues Councillor Donald Morrison said: “I am delighted that more homes in Angus will benefit from lower fuel bills as a result of the council’s successful bid for a grant. The funding is limited and will be used on a first come, first served basis – so I would urge homeowners to act now and reap the benefits this winter. Not only will they save money through lower energy bills, but will benefit the environment by reducing domestic carbon emissions.”

Residents who receive a letter could qualify for cavity wall and loft insulation (or existing loft insulation topped up) and will also be offered free, impartial energy advice as part of a range of support on offer through the Home Energy Scotland Hotline from the Scottish Government. The council is working in partnership with SCARF (Save Cash And Reduce Fuel) and SIG Energy Management who will be conducting the surveys and carrying out the measures. There will be no cold calling, and contact will be made only via a letter from SCARF and then a survey from SIG. These are the only two organisations that the council are currently endorsing to carry out loft and cavity wall insulation on its behalf. The scheme offers a range of free home energy measures including loft and cavity wall insulation and, in some cases, external insulation in harder to treat areas. These can help improve energy efficiency, keep heating bills down and reduce fuel poverty.