Insulation installed free of charge, regardless of household income, is available to suitable owner-occupiers and private landlords.
The Universal Home Insulation Scheme, to help reduce household fuel bills and carbon footprint, is running in Clackmannanshire and the Council has secured funding from the Scottish Government to offer home insulation measures at no cost to owners. This is part of the Council's ongoing commitment towards the promotion of energy conservation and efficiency.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, savings of up to £175 per year can be made by installing loft insulation and £135 per year by installing cavity wall insulation.
If your home is suitable, cavity wall and loft insulation will be installed free of charge, regardless of household income. As the available funds are limited, applications for insulation surveys will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis.
Among the first to benefit were Tullibody residents, Mr and Mrs Brent Macauley, who today (Wednesday 18 January) had their cavity walls insulated under the scheme.
The Council has secured over £250,000 of Scottish Government funding to assist home owners make their homes more energy efficient and less costly to heat as well as providing fuel poverty advice and assistance to all residents of Clackmannanshire.
The package will help to ensure that local people will benefit from reduced heating bills and will also help those who may already be struggling with debts incurred due to increasing fuel bills.
The Council's Fuel Poverty Champion, Councillor Craig Holden welcomed the initiative saying; "This will help tackle the rising trend of local people falling into fuel poverty and also help prevent the most vulnerable in the community suffering from a long cold winter."
If you are an owner-occupier and wish to apply for free insulation, please call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline free on 0800 512 012 (quoting: ClackmannanshireUHIS_2011) as soon as possible to go through a free home energy check to see what support is available. You will then be referred to a surveyor who will visit your property and identify, with your agreement, where improvements could be made to your insulation.
You should also call the Hotline if you are a resident of Clackmannanshire and wish advice and support to tackle your fuel bills.
Operations Manager for the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre Strathclyde & Central, Alex Warren, said; "We are delighted to be working closely with Clackmannanshire Council to tackle rising energy bills in the region. We are urging householders to act now as this is a time limited offer. Call the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012 and get free, impartial advice on how you can save energy and keep your bills as low as possible."
Also, as part of this project, Clackmannanshire Council is offering tailored energy advice and one-to-one support for people who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the costs of their fuel bills. This service is open to all residents in the Council area. A friendly home assessor can visit you in your home to chat about other ways you can save money and make your home more energy efficient. They can advise on using energy more efficiently, help you obtain the best deals on gas and electricity, help understand and simplify fuel bills, tariffs and meter readings, and also act on your behalf with utility suppliers to deal with fuel arrears and payment plans.
To take advantage of this limited offer or find out more please call for free, impartial advice on 0800 512 012.