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23 October 2012
Universal Home Insulation Scheme

The Highland Council has been awarded £530,000 by the Scottish Government to deliver the Universal Home Insulation Scheme 3 (UHIS3) in 5 Highland wards:

•         Wick – ward 3
•         Landward Caithness – ward 4
•         Cromarty Firth – ward 7
•         Tain & Easter Ross – ward 8
•         Aird & Loch Ness – ward 13
The objectives of the scheme are to:

•         Provide universal energy efficiency measures to a large number of Highland households
•         Deliver emission savings and assist in reducing fuel poverty
For private households identified as needing cavity wall and loft insulation, the scheme offers free surveys and installation by Carillion Energy Services who are delivering the scheme on behalf of Highland Council.
Over 20,000 homes are being mailed to encourage homeowners to act now and call the Carillion Energy Services hotline free on 0800 064 7043 to find out more about the scheme.  The offer of free insulation means that every household in these areas can benefit from a warmer winter and lower energy costs.  The letters will be issued on a phased basis between September & December 2012.

Once the letters have been dispatched Carillion Energy Services will be door knocking in the relevant areas to carry out surveys.

When the survey has been completed, and with the homeowner’s permission, referrals will also be made to the local Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre to determine if householders may benefit from other advice or funding.  The Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre can be contacted on 0800 512 012

A copy of the letter going to homeowners and the poster advertising the scheme are also attached.

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