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Help on heating gives Kathleen peace of mind


Kathleen Harrison is one of over

24,000 people who have benefitted from the Scottish Government’swarmer Homes Scotland programme.

The scheme provides home improvemen­ts such as insulation, double glazing, or a new heating system for eligible households, worth about £5000.

Kathleen, 66, from Perthshire, was having problems with her old electric heaters, which were difficult to control and either overheatin­g or not warming up enough.

She explains: “The bills were going to be enormous, so I decided I needed to look into something else.”

There is no gas supply where Kathleen lives, so many of the homes in the area only have storage systems, but heat pumps were an option she could consider.

On the recommenda­tion of her partner, Victor Hawkins, she contacted Home Energy Scotland for advice.

Because Kathleen is recovering from cancer and also suffers from some memory issues, she receives a Personal Independen­ce Payment (PIP). That meant she was eligible for a grant to pay for her new heating system, much to her delight.

Kathleen says: “I got seven new radiators, a heat pump and a new boiler – all paid for by Warmer Homes Scotland. It has had a huge impact on my wellbeing as I was always getting so stressed with my older heaters and the high bills.

“As we go into winter, I am actually looking forward to it as I am delighted with my new heating system.”

With winter fast approachin­g and fuel bills about to soar, the

Government’s Home Energy Scotland is urging all householde­rs living north of the border to act now and make their home more energy efficient.

You may also be able to get a grant from the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme, which supports households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills.

The grants are to help eligible homeowners and private sector tenants, who have lived in their property for at least a year, to make their homes warmer and more comfortabl­e by installing a range of energy saving improvemen­ts.

It’s easy to apply – all you need to do is call Home Energy Scotland, who will give you clear and impartial advice to help make your home warmer in the cold months ahead.

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Schemes and grants can provide the solutions you need

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