Dundee resident Helen Rollo has told Shona Robison MSP how the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme has helped her become warmer and more comfortable through the installation of energy efficiency measures in her home.
Mrs Rollo told the MSP that the new gas boiler she received via the Scottish Government’s national energy saving scheme has eased her worries about how to affordably heat her home throughout the winter months.
Almost 100 other households in Ms Robison’s constituency of Dundee City East have benefitted from the scheme’s help since it was launched in 2015. Each household has saved around £300 per year on their energy bills.
The £224 million Warmer Homes Scotland scheme provides a step-by-step service to help make homes warmer and more comfortable. Assistance can include upgrading windows or fitting new radiators, installing new and efficient boilers or even working with partners to install gas mains to make heating homes in hard to reach areas more affordable.
All work is carried out by registered and accredited local sub-contractors, who work to rigorous quality standards across the country.
Shona Robison MSP visited Mrs Rollo’s home, along with Bronagh Finnegan from Warmworks Scotland. The local MSP was able to hear first-hand from Mrs Rollo about the difference that the scheme can make.
Commenting, Shona Robison MSP said:
“I was delighted to meet Helen and find out more about the help offered through Warmer Homes Scotland. With another winter on the way, the energy efficiency measures installed will no doubt help Helen to stay warm and more comfortable in her home.
“With fuel poverty remaining a harsh reality for many in Scotland, it is vital to ensure help reaches those who need it the most.”
Fuel poverty remains at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s agenda having recently released a route map, Energy Efficient Scotland, which outlines the path the Government wishes to take to make Scottish homes more efficient by 2040.
The Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill has also recently been introduced, which makes a statutory provision to help those who are living in fuel poverty.
Ross Armstrong, Warmworks’ Managing Director said:
“The most valuable difference that Warmer Homes Scotland can make is to give people the comfort and peace of mind that they can afford to stay warm in their own home.
“It’s always good to see the impact of our work and that we’ve been able to change someone’s life for the better. The stories of our customers and the lives that the scheme has touched are always the most powerful testament to its success."
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Photo caption (left to right): Bronagh Finnegan (Warmworks Scotland) and Shona Robison MSP.
Warmworks Scotland is a joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks, that has been formed to deliver the Scottish Government’s national energy efficiency scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland.
Warmer Homes Scotland launched on September 1st 2015. It provides insulation, efficient heating and renewable technologies in the homes of households who are struggling with the cost of high energy bills, making homes warmer, more comfortable and more affordable to heat.
To find out more about Warmer Homes Scotland, or to make an application, you can call Home Energy Scotland (a Scottish Government programme managed by Warmworks Scotland partner, the Energy Saving Trust) free on 0808 808 2282. If eligible to avail of the benefits of the Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme, Home Energy Advisors will refer you to Warmworks Scotland.
The Warmworks Annual Report is available to view or download at: www.warmworks.co.uk
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