‘No downside’ to internal wall insulation 

After downsizing from a modern home, Kathleen was finding her 160-year-old garden flat in Peebles unbearably cold.  

She was spending a small fortune on heating, and still had to cover herself with throws to keep warm. These conditions were making her feel miserable in her own home. 

Due to the age and style of her property, Kathleen’s only insulation option was internal wall insulation. After doing some research Kathleen signed up to the Peebles Internal Wall Insulation Scheme which gave her the insulation for free. 

The project is funded by Scottish Borders Council and delivered in partnership with Changeworks and Home Energy Scotland, giving local homeowners the opportunity to reduce their heating bills with free internal wall insulation. 

Find out more about Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Schemes and register your interest today.

Kathleen was away when the work was carried out but the contractor, Everwarm, explained everything beforehand and kept her up to date by email throughout. They fitted insulation panels to the inside of the external walls in her flat, plastered over them and repainted.  

Kathleen expected the rooms to look smaller following the work, but she hasn’t noticed any difference in size at all. But what she has noticed is a big difference in the warmth and comfort of her home, as well as in the cost of heating it.

She said: “My flat now heats up quickly, and it keeps the heat in when I switch the heating off. I pay less money and have more warmth: it’s great. I no longer have to wrap myself in throws to keep warm, which has made such a difference to how I feel about and within myself.

“I would recommend anyone to have the insulation installed: there is no downside.

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Changeworks delivers Home Energy Scotland in the south east and Highlands and Islands on behalf of the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust.

As well as providing free, impartial expert advice to thousands of people every month to help them to keep warm in their homes for less, they identify funding opportunities for households seeking to install energy efficiency measures.

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