Residents urged to access support available to deal with energy bills and fuel poverty

Consumers are faced with skyrocketing gas and electricity bills. Image: Shutterstock.

Residents of the North and North East are urged to use the support and guidance available to make their homes more energy efficient.

Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, highlighted the benefits of Home Energy Scotland’s campaign to tackle soaring energy bills and fuel poverty.

Recent government statistics indicate that around 860,000 households across the country are in fuel poverty following the price cap increase last month.

Of these, more than 600,000 face “extreme” fuel poverty.

Mr Harvie is now asking those who need help to use the advice and funding available through the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme.

Range of measures to help reduce costs

Under the scheme, people can receive funding of up to £5,000 to help make their homes warmer, greener and more efficient to heat.

Meanhile, the Home Energy Scotland service, provided by Energy Saving Trust, provides free advice and funding to help households better insulate their homes.

Mr Harvie said: “Many people across the country continue to worry about the crisis in the cost of living and the sharp rise in energy bills caused by soaring gas prices.

“We make sure anyone who is worried or struggling to pay their energy bills can get the right support and advice.

“A range of measures – large and small – are likely to be available to improve energy efficiency around your home, and I urge all households to find out more and get advice as soon as possible.”

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