Insulation appeal

Now that ScottishPower has followed British Gas in announcing a price rise, its gas and electricity customers can expect their domestic fuels bills to go up by seven per cent from December 3.

Energy Saving Scotland is urging readers to take up the Scottish Government’s offer and install free loft, cavity wall and/or under-floor insulation.

The government has allocated £12.5million to local authorities for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme and the only catch is that the current funding is due to end on December 31.

The scheme is not means-tested. The only condition is that the property must be suitable for the type of insulation available, which is determined by a free, no-obligation survey.

Even calling for advice is free. Phone the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012 and one of our advisers will call you back.

Insulating your loft can save you £175 per year and cavity wall insulation can save you £135.

Chris Morris

Energy Saving Scotland advice centre

Newhaven Road

Edinburgh