Being green could save Angus homes £9million

Boiler tradesman working

Boiler tradesman working

0
Have your say

Households in Brechin and Angus could save £9 million per year by giving their home green upgrades to be more energy efficient.

By upgrading to more efficient systems, householders could also get Scottish Government funding work £1,200.

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

Mike Thornton, director, Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “The Green Homes Cashback scheme gives grants to Angus 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 December 31, 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.

Up to £300 for other measures (such as glazing, LED lighting and heating controls).

Mr Thornton continued: “They say you don’t get something for nothing, but the cashback scheme really is money in the bank for those installing energy efficiency measures.”

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.