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Moray homeowners 'must register for thermal insulation'

Residents in the Scottish district of Moray are failing to apply for loft and wall insulation through the government's Home Energy Hotline scheme.

According to Gary Coull of Moray Council, 80 per cent of people across the country are concerned about gas and electricity costs this year and although some already have the upgrades fitted, only 29 per cent have claimed the home improvements they are eligible for.

Mr Coull pointed to the support available to households through the energy efficiency initiative, which can help lower their bills and reduce the impact of carbon emissions on the environment.

"Fuel poverty is a significant and growing problem in Moray, with energy costs shooting up while wage levels are much more static," he added.

Currently, 32 per cent of homes in the area are in fuel poverty - where a household spends more than ten per cent of its income on utilities - in comparison with the Scottish national average of 28 per cent.

Individuals are able to use the hotline to find out what measures they could receive and the energy advisors also provide information on free or discounted insulation and how to arrange a Home Energy Check.

Posted by Simon Webster