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Home Energy Scotland

Insulation for the nation - saving you energy and money this winter

With the colder months fast approaching and the recent announcement of price rises from the main energy providers, households across Scotland are being urged to take action to help save money on fuel bills and ensure that their homes are warm and cosy this winter, by calling the Home Energy Scotland Hotline.

The Scottish Government's Home Energy Scotland Hotline is a one-stop shop for independent energy saving advice, providing you with practical solutions such as free or discounted insulation, which can help make your home more energy efficient and save you money.

Over half of the heat in your home is lost through the walls and roof by not having the correct amount of insulation, and with forecasters predicting another cold winter, installing it is one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of gas and electricity it takes to heat your home. Insulation not only helps to cut your heating bills, but also reduces wasted energy, which means it is better for the environment.

Whilst many homes may already have some level of insulation installed, two out of three households do not have the correct amount, so the first thing to do is check what you already have.

For example, you may already have some insulation in your loft, but if it falls short of the recommended depth of 270mm (about the length of a sheet of A4 paper), you could make further savings on your energy bills by topping it up, which could be discounted or maybe even free through the Home Energy Scotland Hotline. Insulating your loft alone could save you up to £175 a year and an additional £135 with cavity wall insulation.

Insulation is quick and easy to install and can also help prevent condensation on walls and ceilings and give your home a more even temperature, all year round.

In addition to insulation measures, the Home Energy Scotland Hotline also provides practical advice on how to make changes around your home, which can make a big difference to your energy consumption and help save you money in the long term including:

  • Turn your thermostat down. Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £60 per year.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows and check for draughts around windows and doors.
  • Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobile phones on charge unnecessarily .
  • A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they're fully turned off!
  • Wash your clothes at 30 degrees - it uses 40 percent less electricity over a year than washing at higher temperatures.
  • Is your water too hot? Check your cylinder thermostat to make sure it is set at 60°C/140°F.
  • Say no to stand-by - you could save around £35 a year on energy bills by switching items off.
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy saving lightbulbs - they last up to ten times longer than ordinary bulbs. Using one can save you around £55 over the lifetime of the bulb.

By taking these measures to be energy efficient, including getting the correct level of insulation fitted, you could save on average £280 a year!

Now is the best time to get your home insulation fitted before the cold weather sets in - so don't get caught out, act now and insulate your home before you end up paying more for your heating than you need to this year.

For more energy saving advice and details of how to claim discounted or perhaps even free insulation for your home, call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline now on 0800 512 012 or on 0300 456 2655 from a mobile (charged at your local network rate) or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.