Martin Whitfield MSP is urging residents looking for help with making their homes become warmer, more comfortable and more affordable to heat to find out if the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme can help them this winter.

Warmer Homes Scotland, the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, has supported 9,668 people in South Scotland area since it was launched in 2015.

The scheme provides a step-by-step service to identify where energy efficiency improvements can be made in the home and arranges for this work to be carried out. It offers new central heating systems, including renewable heating technologies such as air source heat pumps, in all property types and in all regions of Scotland.

All the work delivered under the scheme is carried out by registered and accredited local sub-contractors, working to rigorous quality standards across the country, with completed work independently checked to guarantee that these standards are met.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Soaring energy bills and other living costs have meant fuel poverty has become an even greater problem for far too many households in Scotland.

“I’m pleased to learn that the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme has supported so many people in my region to be warmer and more comfortable in their homes. However, I want more residents, especially the most vulnerable, to benefit from the scheme.

“It offers grants to support the installation of energy efficiency upgrades that can help people stay warm, make their home more energy efficient and, in turn, help them to better manage their energy bills.

“I’d encourage everyone to check if they are eligible to receive help under the scheme, as the improvements it offers could make a real difference this winter and in years to come.”

Warmworks’ Chief Executive, Ross Armstrong, added:

“The Warmer Homes Scotland scheme has been helping people right across Scotland to feel warmer and more comfortable in their homes for more than seven years.

“At a time when we begin to depend more on our heating at home, we’d encourage everyone across South Scotland area to check their eligibility now for the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme by getting in touch with Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.”