The HEAT Project, part of Blairgowrie and Rattray Development Trust, has been awarded a grant of £99,045 over two years from Ofgem’s Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.

Since 2017, the project has delivered direct energy saving advice to over 500 households in Eastern and Highland Perthshire, helping achieve significant savings in energy bills and has helped households to install new insulation, alternative heating systems.

At the same time, The HEAT Project has helped to reduce annual CO2 emission in the area by over 2000 tonnes.

Martin Mathers, The HEAT project manager, added: “Ofgem’s Energy Redress grant allow us expand our vital energy advice service. Using our established links with community bodies in the area, we will be able to deliver an effective, efficient, and reliable service to many more households. We particularly want to help households facing high energy bills and declining incomes as well as elderly and vulnerable groups in Eastern and Highland Perthshire. Our advice will be professional, practical and tailored to the needs of each household.”

Improving the energy performance of our homes is important not just for household bills and climate change but can also improve quality of life and health. There is an evidence that cold and damp homes can lead to increasing incidence of respiratory diseases and greater risk from COVID-19.