Insulation deal extended

Donside residents are being encouraged to get ready for winter by applying for free insulation.

The free home insulation scheme available to households in the AB33 area is to be continued until December.

The grants were originally due to stop at the end of September but the CERT funding for the insulation, from Scottish Hydro, has now been extended nationally until December.

The insulation is provided by A & R Hepburn (Engineering) Ltd which is part of the Richard Irvin Services Group.

The free offer is through CERT funding in partnership with Scottish Hydro.

The insulation is free to all income groups and includes standard loft insulation, insulation-top-ups to 270 mm and cavity wall insulation.

For larger houses with more than four bedrooms there might be a small charge made. Suitable properties should have standard loft spaces or cavity walls.

Loft insulation can save up to a quarter of heating costs and cavity wall insulation can save up to a third of heating costs.

Insulation keeps homes warmer in the winter and helps prevent overheating in the summer.

Only the insulation and its installation is free. Any “enabling measures” such as adding or enlarging a loft hatch, access equipment and installing loft vents if required, would need to be charged for.

Cavity wall insulation is not possible if cavities are less than 50 mm wide or have variable width. Hepburn’s free survey will advise you of any enabling work that might be required.

For residents outside the AB33 area, there are other free or discounted insulation schemes available, but virtually all grants will end after December.

For information on the best insulation scheme in your area contact the Energy Saving Trust at freephone 0800 512 012.

For AB33 residents, for more information or for a free survey contact Mary Scott at Gordon Rural Action at 01466 793676 on Tuesdays and Fridays 10.30am–12.30pm or by e-mail to