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Free wall insulation for Scottish homes

The Scottish government has announced it will provide £15 million worth of funding towards installing cavity wall insulation and thermal loft insulation in low-income homes.

Across Scotland, 200,000 properties will benefit from the free scheme, which will help to reduce energy consumption and the cost of bills.

The plans have been introduced as part of the Home Insulation Scheme and will also incorporate higher earners by proposing a discounted rate.

Housing and communities minister Alex Neil said: "Offering householders a means to keep the heat in is a great way to help families, the elderly and others to save money."

Glass collected from local recycling centres is being turned into an eco-friendly material that will be used to insulate the houses involved.

The Energy Saving Trust advised people that having thermal insulation could make renting out a property easier as it may make the building more attractive to prospective tenants.