Last call for offer of home insulation

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RESIDENTS in the Borders have one final chance to secure Scottish Government funding for loft and cavity wall insulation.

Households are entitled to the no-cost energy saving measures under Scottish Borders Council’s free insulation offer, delivered through the government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline.

Loft insulation can save up to £175 a year, while cavity wall insulation can save up to £135, while free impartial advice on other grants and offers are also available if a insulation is not suitable for a home.

The offer was made available in selected areas of the Borders such as Galashiels and Peebles in 2010 and 2011, but has now been rolled out across the region on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of those to benefit was Morag Scott, 83, of Peebles. She said: “I’ve always liked to keep cosy and this year I’ve been able to leave the heating turned down to the lowest setting – the heat doesn’t escape any more. I don’t have to make the choice to ‘heat or eat’.”

Aside from being a homeowner or private tenant there are no other criteria to meet – the only condition is that the property can take the insulation. Householders can book a free no-obligation survey by calling the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0800 512 012 or by texting WARM to 81025 to register for a call back.