Scotland gives away energy-saving gadgets

Free energy saving gadgets worth nearly £50 are being offered as part as a major drive by the Scottish government to help households lower their fuel bills during winter. The […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Free energy saving gadgets worth nearly £50 are being offered as part as a major drive by the Scottish government to help households lower their fuel bills during winter.

The devices are part of Home Energy Scotland, a telephone hotline launched by the government offering information on energy initiatives.

A digital electricity monitor and a stand-by plug will be sent out to all callers. The government claims the gadgets will cut fuel bills by £47 a year and save the equivalent CO2 that would fill 361 wheelie bins.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said: “Offering households help to cut fuel bills is vital, especially in the current climate. These free energy saving devices and the wide range of other help on offer will help households keep the heat in and keep more money in their pockets. If we have a winter like last winter this help will be more important than ever.”

Douglas Sinclair, chairman of energy watchdog of Consumer Focus Scotland, said: “There is a huge variety of advice and support available to help people save money on their energy, but we know consumers can sometimes find it difficult to access the help that’s right for them. This new one stop shop for home energy advice will make it easier and quicker to get the right information and support on potential energy savings.”