Angus MacDonald Welcomes Home Insulation Funding For Bo’ness, Polmont and Upper Braes

SNP Candidate for Falkirk East, Councillor Angus MacDonald has welcomed funding from the Scottish Government which could mean 15,000 households in the Bo’ness, Polmont and the Upper Braes areas getting discounted and in some cases, free insulation as part of an SNP Government drive to help households save on their fuel bills as well as lower carbon emissions. Falkirk Council is teaming up with the Energy Savings Trust to deliver the scheme.

The new scheme compliments an existing Falkirk Council cavity wall and loft insulation project which targets Council and former Council properties.

The areas were chosen as they were identified as having properties with some of the highest carbon dioxide emissions in a survey carried out in 2009 and are being targeted accordingly.

Welcoming the funding, SNP Candidate Cllr Angus MacDonald said:

"Through the Home Insulation Scheme, householders can benefit from an upfront saving on the cost of installing insulation, and then the longer-term savings that come from having a more energy efficient home. The information that the energy assessors provide is free and there's no obligation to sign-up.  However five minutes spent considering the efficiency of your home could be time well spent."

Work will start in late October 2010 and is expected to take approximately six months.  Residents will be contacted via a letter from the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council and then this will be followed up by a visit from a surveyor. If they wish to proceed with the work, a suitable time will be arranged.

How much of a discount households qualify for or if they could be entitled to free insulation will depend on a number of factors such as age and if they are in receipt of qualifying benefits .

Further advice is available from the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012 or Falkirk Council's Home Energy Advice Unit on 01324 590807 or by visiting www.falkirk.gov.uk and search for household energy advice

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