Aberdeenshire to receive energy cash

Aberdeenshire has been allocated £2.23 million next yearby the Scottish government in order to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

The money comes from the Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland which helps fuel poor and vulnerable households with energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

The cash is part of the Scottish Government’s £94 million energy efficiency budget for 2015 and has a key role in tackling fuel poverty.

Commenting on the cash, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Scottish Government is helping people keep their homes warm.

“We will spend £94 million across Scotland next year and this allocation will help households in the most fuel poor areas stay warm and cut energy bills.

“The Scottish Government can’t control fuel prices but we are investing in energy efficiency for homes.

“We have invested more than £300 million since 2009 to make fuel poor homes more energy efficient and around one in three Scottish households, more than 700,000, have now benefited from measures like new boilers or insulation.

“With winter weather taking hold across Scotland, I’d encourage anyone to seek free and impartial advice on how they can reduce their energy costs.

“Help on how to save money or receive support for home insulation, boilers or central heating is available by contacting Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or visiting the website at www.homeenergyscotland.org.”

For a clip of how calling the Home Energy Scotland helpline could save cash on fuel bills, please log on to the website: http://youtu.be/fQOINkZTnvQ

The money comes from the £60 million Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Schemes, which provide grant funding to local authorities to develop and deliver local fuel poverty programmes.