By Julie MIllar
People living in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient thanks to the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS).
The Scottish Government has awarded Argyll and Bute Council a grant of £1,745,908 to help residents make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. These include external/internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.
The programme is available to owner occupiers and private rented householders living in properties in Council Tax Bands A to C. Council Tax Band D properties are eligible if they have an energy rating of E or below. The programme is also available to island householders who live in properties in Council Tax Band E to H if they have an energy rating of E or below. Energy ratings can be estimated by contacting Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.
Policy Lead for Communities, Housing, the Islands and Gaelic, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “We might be enjoying warmer weather just now, but winter isn’t that far away. These grants are a great opportunity for people to make their homes warmer, before the cold weather sets in, and in turn save money on energy costs.
“The scheme will have a long lasting benefit for households across Argyll and Bute, helping to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emission. I would urge people to make the most of this opportunity and sign up while they can.”
The scheme contributes towards the Scottish Government’s target of alleviating fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
It also contributes towards the Local Housing Strategy’s aim to improve the overall quality and condition of housing.
To register your interest for the scheme, or for any home energy efficiency enquiries, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.