Save cash and make your home more energy efficient

Milngavie and Bearsden householders could save a packet a year by installing green upgrades to their homes – and share a Scottish Government fund worth £1,200 per home by doing so.

The Green Homes Cashback scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust, means each East Dunbartonshire household could be eligible for the funding towards installing a new boiler, insulation or other energy efficiency measures.

Energy Saving Trust figures show 31 per cent of Scots householders have an interest in installing double glazing, 37 per cent are interested in fitting insulation to their home and 22 per cent would consider investing in a new energy efficient boiler.

Mike Thornton, Director, Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “The Green Homes Cashback scheme gives grants to East Dunbartonshire householders who invest to make their home – and Scotland – a greener place to live. The scheme is also open to people who rent property, as long as they have their landlord’s permission.

“And anyone who submits a claim through the scheme before 31 December 2013 will also receive up to £150 towards the cost of the assessment through which applicable measures are recommended, making this a great time to put in insulation or upgrade your heating system.”

The Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme lets householders claim up to £500 for insulation measures including loft, cavity or solid wall, up to £400 to replace an old boiler and up to £300 for other measures (such as glazing, LED lighting and heating controls).

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It is our belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat. In these current economic times, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of money saving opportunities.

“Rising energy bills are a huge concern for this government, and fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in an energy rich country like Scotland.

“I would urge anyone who would like to reduce their energy bills to contact Home Energy Scotland hotline from the Scottish Government on 0808 808 2282 or visit homeenergyscotland.org as soon as possible to find out more about the Green Homes Cashback scheme as well as other energy saving offers available to them.”

Green Homes Cashback vouchers can be applied for at www.greenhomescashback.org.uk. Homeowners, tenants and private sector landlords can all apply.

Anyone needing help or advice on green measures – including installing renewables technology, upgrading the energy efficiency of their home or driving more efficiently – can call Home Energy Scotland free**** on 0808 808 2282.