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Peo­ple across the coun­try are be­ing urged to act now to cut their bills and make their homes warmer as part of a Scot­tish gov­ern­ment cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to call Home Energy Scot­land on 0808 808 2282.

A one-stop shop for ad­vice and sup­port, Home Energy Scot­land is there to help Scots keep warm this win­ter and be­yond.

Around a third of Scot­tish house­holds have been of­fered ad­vice by the helpline since it started, and it is the only source of clear and im­par­tial ad­vice on how to make your home cheaper to heat.

This new cam­paign to raise aware­ness of Home Energy Scot­land comes as the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment has ex­tended the range of sup­port avail­able with schemes such as Warmer Homes Scot­land and in­ter­est-free loans for energy ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments.

Ev­ery­one can get help and it’s free to call.

As well as re­ceiv­ing money-sav­ing energy ad­vice and an as­sess­ment of their prop­erty by phone, house­holds may be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive help to re­place their old, in­ef­fi­cient boiler with a new model, which could also cut hun­dreds of pounds off their an­nual fuel bills.

Some may also be in line for free loft and cav­ity wall in­su­la­tion, and oth­ers could re­ceive a full cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem at no cost.

In­ter­est-free, un­se­cured loans of up to £10,000 are also avail­able to house­hold­ers for in­stalling a va­ri­ety of mea­sures such as solid wall in­su­la­tion, dou­ble glaz­ing or a new boiler.

There are also a wide num­ber of schemes avail­able across Scot­land that are based upon where peo­ple live. Just one call to Home Energy Scot­land is all it takes for peo­ple to find out if they are el­i­gi­ble.

Up to £224 mil­lion is be­ing in­vested in Warmer Homes Scot­land, build­ing on the suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous Energy As­sis­tance Scheme, to pro­vide thou­sands of vul­ner­a­ble house­holds with a wide range of heat­ing, in­su­la­tion and re­new­ables mea­sures across all of Scot­land.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for So­cial Jus­tice, Com­mu­ni­ties and Pen­sion­ers’ Rights Alex Neil said: “One call to Home Energy Scot­land is all it takes to see if you can save money on win­ter fuel bills.

“I would urge Scots to pick up the phone and call the helpline on 0808 808 2282, or visit home­en­er­gyscot­

“Any­one can get energy ef­fi­ciency ad­vice and find out what’s avail­able to them. Many oth­ers can also qual­ify for energy sav­ing im­prove­ments such as in­su­la­tion, boil­ers or cen­tral heat­ing for free. All of which could help keep their heat­ing costs down and their homes cosy.

“Ris­ing energy bills re­main a huge con­cern for the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and fuel poverty is still a ma­jor is­sue in Scot­land. Our long-term com­mit­ment will help thou­sands more house­holds over the next few years, and is part of our prom­ise to help Scots es­cape fuel poverty.”

To find out ex­actly what you are el­i­gi­ble for – what­ever your cir­cum­stances – call Home Energy Scot­land now on 0808 808 2282 or go to www.home­en­er­gyscot­

Act now to make your home warmer and help Scot­land go greener to­gether this win­ter. Home Energy Scot­land

from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment is

a one-stop source of clear

and im­par­tial ad­vice on keep­ing

your home warm and cosy.

Home Energy Scot­land

can help you.The helpline

is 0808 808 2282

and is a free to call num­ber.

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