Cashback offer could re-energise your house

Margaret Burgess
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People in Fife are being offered up to £1000 to improve the energy efficiency of their homes in a bid to reduce household energy bills.

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess has outlined a proposal which allows residents to apply for financial assistance from the Scottish Government to pay for energy improvement measures.

On offer is £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, a £500 voucher towards the cost of new double glazing or loft insulation, as well as a £100 energy assessment of your home.

Mrs Burgess said: “It is my belief that everyone in Fife should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat.

“In these current economic times, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of money saving opportunities like these when they can.

“Rising energy bills are a huge concern for this government, and fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in a country like Scotland.”

Getting loft insulation can reduce energy bills by up to £175 per year, while replacing single-glazed windows with double glazed ones could save the average home around £165 per year.

And taking simple steps to draught proof can cut £55 per year off the average property’s energy bill, while getting a new, energy efficient boiler could save a three-bedroom home owner up to £300 annually.

You can find if you are eligible by telephoning the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0800 512 012, or visiting
www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.