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Scottish homeowners 'must apply for loft and cavity wall insulation'

The Scottish government is urging homeowners to apply for thermal insulation in order to cut their heating bills ahead of the colder months.

According to a recent survey, nearly 80 per cent of householders across the nation are concerned about how much they will need to pay for energy this winter.

In addition, almost half of them have not checked their home's insulation, even though two-thirds of property owners do not have the right level of loft insulation installed.

As a result, a public awareness campaign has been rolled out today (November 16th), which is encouraging individuals to contact the Home Energy Scotland Hotline for guidance and support.

Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister and cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities, launched the initiative.

She said that Scotland is a country rich in energy and all residents deserve to live in a secure, warm and affordable house.

"I would urge anyone who has not looked at loft or cavity wall insulation, or those looking to replace their old and inefficient boiler to contact the Hotline as soon as possible," Ms Sturgeon added.

Since 2009, more than 230,000 Scottish homeowners have benefited from the service, which has also fitted over 24,000 heating systems and handed out £400 boiler vouchers to 12,000 families.

Under the current campaign, even more consumers will receive the support and some could qualify for the energy-efficient upgrades free of charge.

However, the Scottish government revealed only 29 per cent of people who are eligible for insulation said they have claimed help from the scheme.

Ms Sturgeon stated: "The Home Energy Scotland Hotline is a vital source of information for families across Scotland, providing comprehensive advice on energy saving to support those most in need."

According to the Energy Saving Trust, roof and loft insulation could save the average householder up to £175 a year on gas and electricity costs, while cavity wall insulation is expected to knock £135 off the typical fuel bill.

Posted by Paul Taylor