At this time of year, keeping out the cold is likely to be far from your mind – yet it’s the perfect time to look ahead to the cooler months.

Home Energy Scotland’s free and impartial advice can help you make improvements to keep your home warmer and easier to heat, and the summer months are the perfect time to jump the queue before winter comes.

Making your home more energy efficient can have a big impact on your bills. Help is at hand from our trained energy advisors if you are a homeowner or you are privately renting your home. Changeworks operates Home Energy Scotland advice centres in south east Scotland and the Highlands and Islands, which are funded by the Scottish Government.

Our friendly Home Energy Scotland advisors could help you access around £5,000 to cover the cost of installing energy saving home improvements like heating and insulation through the Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme.

Since the Warmer Homes Scotland programme started in 2015, Home Energy Scotland in south east Scotland and Highlands & Islands have helped nearly 7,000 homeowners and private tenants to benefit from it. With 39,500 improvements being installed, including boilers and insulation, householders are much warmer in their home. Between them, they have saved over £2million on their energy bills (an average of £300 each per year).

New boiler, new outlook

Mrs P got her ageing boiler replaced with a new, more efficient central heating system through the Warmer Homes Scotland programme. She told us her home is now much easier to heat:

“I was having difficulty heating my home previously, but I now find myself going and turning the heating down! I’ve had such a good experience, there was no problem at all.”

Multiple home improvements from dedicated advisors

Rita from Edinburgh recently received new storage heaters, secondary glazing and draughtproofing through the Warmer Homes Scotland programme. She told us:

“I was so worried about my energy bills, but now Home Energy Scotland has helped me I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The constant worry has been taken away, I’m sleeping better and I’ve not felt this good in a long time.”

“I can’t thank them enough – their advisors were kind, caring and very good listeners and the improvements that were installed in my home mean that my energy bills will now go down.”

If you’re worried about your energy bills or finding your home hard to heat, find out if you’re eligible for Warmer Homes Scotland like Rita and Mrs P.

Support is available now, so don’t delay. Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to find out if you’re eligible, or email us. Visit homeenergyscotland.org/winter for more information.