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Worried about keeping your home warm this winter?

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Keeping on top of your energy costs has become a big challenge for many Scottish households, which is why we teamed up with Citizens Advice Scotland to support their Big Energy Saving Winter campaign. The campaign runs from 28 November to the end of January and encourages people worried about energy bills and the cost of living to seek advice.

This winter will be a difficult one for many Scottish households with the energy and cost of living crisis. The good news is that support is available and there are simple actions you can take at home that will add up.

Simple savings

You might be surprised that making simple changes to cut your energy use at home can make a big difference to the amount of energy you use and pay for.

Switching your appliances off at the wall instead of leaving them on standby could save you £65 a year and won’t cost a penny. Likewise, turning your thermostat down by just one degree could save you £145 a year and you might not even notice a difference in temperature.

Energy Saving Trust have a great list of quick changes you can make to save up to £564 per year.

Seek support

We provide access to grants and financial support available from the Scottish Government to make homes warmer and more energy efficient – from interest-free loans to Warmer Homes Scotland. Over 29,000 lower income households have already benefitted since the programme launched and, with eligibility criteria extended recently, an additional 110,000 households could benefit. See if you’re eligible and find out how to apply.

Find funding

There are other options available to make home improvements, cut down your energy use and reduce your carbon emissions, and help you stay warm this winter. Check out our funding finder to see what’s available in your area.

Other organisations that can help

The Citizens Advice network provides access free support online from their public advice site, including information about grants and benefits to help you pay energy bills. Call 0800 085 7145 or visit their website.

We also work with a range of other organisations that can help you if you’re struggling with debt, problems with your energy supplier or wider cost of living increases.

Get advice you trust

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can make a big difference to energy bills now and in the future. If you’re finding it difficult to pay your bills while keeping your home warm, get in touch with us. Our expert advisors can help you discover how to stay warm and comfortable and manage your energy use.

Additional reading

Get Ready for Winter
Big and little switches to reduce your energy bills
Worried about rising energy costs?
Cost of living crisis – Cost of Living Support Scotland


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