Scots urged to use energy fund worth £74m

Scots have been urged to take advantage of £74 million of government cash available to help them cut their energy use by making their homes more efficient, warmer and greener. […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Scots have been urged to take advantage of £74 million of government cash available to help them cut their energy use by making their homes more efficient, warmer and greener.

The Scottish Government launched a new national campaign this week to ensure householders know what energy initiatives they are entitled to.

It’s all part of the plans to increase energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.

The call comes as a survey showed around 75% of Scottish householders are worried about their energy bills and more than 70% said last winter’s bills had a negative impact on their disposable income. Around 80% of people also admitted to being “energy wasters” at home.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Many people are losing money by not taking up initiatives, yet anyone can apply for up to £1,200 towards home improvements… Many people will also qualify to get energy-saving home improvements such as insulation, boilers or central heating for free.”

The Scottish Government announced £1 million of extra funding for home improvements such as insulation and new boilers last week.