Edinburgh, Scotland -- Around 200 000 homes across Scotland will be offered free help on insulating to save on energy bills through a scheme backed by millions of pounds, the Scottish Government announced 26 Sept.
Over the next year, the £12.5-million Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS), administered by local authorities, will offer free home insulation to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.
"With the onset of winter just round the corner, now more than ever, we need to offer support and immediate assistance to those most in need to help them heat their homes and stay energy efficient," said Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil, in the statement.
"That is why, through this scheme, we are injecting millions of pounds in our fight to help stamp out fuel poverty," Neil added.
Councils across Scotland who successfully bid for the cash will administer the scheme.
This Universal Home Insulation Scheme follows a high take-up of insulation measures last year showed how effective the scheme is, both in terms of tackling fuel poverty, and also of reducing carbon emissions, the statement added.
Fuel poverty is defined as spending 10 percent or more of household income on domestic fuel bills.