Mar 092012

Energy Saving TrustHouseholds in East Lothian still have a chance to cash in on a free scheme from the local council that offers free loft and cavity wall insulation, but only until the end of March on a first-come, first-served basis.

Loft insulation can save up to £175 a year on heating bills, 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 rising gas and electricity prices. For homes that aren’t suitable for insulation there’s also free impartial advice on other grants and offers that could help instead.

Since securing funding from the Scottish Government to pay for loft and cavity wall insulation for suitable homes in the area, the local authority has been working hard to promote the scheme with events and advertising.

While response to the campaign has been strong, the Council is keen to see more people taking up the funding while it’s still available. Energy bills can be a worry for many households, and insulating a property can make a big difference.

Aside from being a homeowner or private tenant there are no eligibility criteria to meet – the only condition is that the property can take the insulation.

Households in participating areas should receive a letter telling them about the scheme and how to take advantage of the offer. They may also receive a call at the door from a surveyor from one of the insulation companies working for the scheme.

As with all doorstep callers it’s advisable to check their ID and make sure they’re genuine. Householders can check by calling the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012. The scheme will run until 31 March 2012 on a first come, first served basis.

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