Saving money on your energy bills and keeping your home warm is hugely beneficial to your health. If you want a cosier home that costs less to heat, then Home Energy Scotland can help
Who are Home Energy Scotland?
Home Energy Scotland is a free advice service funded by the Scottish Government, that provides information on making your home easier to heat.
They’ve helped thousands of people in Scotland heat their homes for less by advising them how to reduce their energy use.
This saves people money and helps them to live in warmer and healthier surroundings.
How can they help?
Home Energy Scotland’s expert advisers take your call free of charge.
When you get in touch, they’ll carry out a free, personalised Home Energy Check to pin-point how you can save energy and money. If you need them to they can also arrange to visit you at home.
They can also find out whether you can access different sources of funding and check if you’re receiving the right benefits.
At the end of your Home Energy Check, you will have clear information on what’s available for you and the next steps you can take. Some people have even qualified for new heating, draught-proofing, insulation and other work.
The advice is for everyone, but individuals over the age of 65, on low incomes or with young families can particularly benefit from this advice.
How does this benefit your health?
If you have money worries and are struggling to pay bills your mental health could suffer. This could lead to mental health conditions such as:
If the temperature of your home is very low (below 8C) you could be at increased risk of:
If your home is damp due to poor ventilation you could also be at increased risk of lung and respiratory tract infections.
By using Health Energy Scotland's free advice you can make your home warmer and healthier, save money and reduce your risk of illness.
What should you do next?
Phone Home Energy Scotland free on 0808 808 2282 - their advisors are available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
You can also visit their website anytime.
If you find it difficult to use a phone, a carer, interpreter, friend or family member can help you. They can also arrange a home visit for you.