Insulation offer teams on move

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RESIDENTS in Midlothian have been asked to watch out for companies incorrectly claiming to be part of an ongoing free insulation offer.

Households are entitled to free cavity wall and loft insulation as part of a scheme funded through the Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme.

However, some residents have reported visits from firms which are wrongly claiming to be part of the current offer, which is being delivered exclusively by Carillion Energy Services in partnership with the social enterprise Changeworks.

Loft insulation can save households up to £175 per year in energy bills, while cavity wall insulation can save up to £135. Midlothian residents can now have these measures installed for free.

Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for property and facilities, said: “I encourage all local householders to take advantage of our free insulation scheme – you could save up to £300 a year in energy bills.

“Our funding is being allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to apply soon to avoid missing out.

“We have teams of assessors operating door-to-door across the county to encourage people to sign up to the scheme. My advice to householders is to be certain that the person on your doorstep is from either Carillion or Changeworks. If you’re in any doubt, you can phone the free hotline to make sure.”

To register an interest in the scheme, call the Energy Saving Scotland hotline on 0800 512 012.