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Edinburgh residents snap up energy advice

posted 10 Feb 2010, 08:26 by myEdinburgh Admin
More than 3,500 residents in the Capital have taken steps to make their homes more energy efficient.

Councillor Norman Work, Vice Convener for Housing at the Council, said he was delighted with the response to the Scottish Government and Energy Savings Trust’s Home Insulation Scheme.

He said: “It’s great that so many people have taken up the free energy advice being given out as part of the Home Insulation Scheme.

“The recent freezing weather has highlighted how important it is that households are energy aware. Even if small steps can be taken to reduce bills and make homes warmer, then that is to be welcomed.”

The scheme started in November and for the first two months 2,788 householders have been given energy advice. In addition there have been 309 referrals for cavity wall insulation, 410 for loft insulation top ups and 63 for full loft insulation.

The area of the Capital benefiting from the advice is Craigentinny and Duddingston which were selected due to their high potential to reduce carbon emissions and target fuel poverty.

Door step assessors have been knocking on every door in the area to provide energy advice to the householder, gather energy data on the property and seek to sign the householder up for the insulation measures, if their home is suitable.

Free energy measures are also on offer to low-income households whose homes are suitable, with higher-income customers offered measures at a discount.

from The City of Edinburgh Council News Blog