PKC renews Scarf advice service partnership

February 3rd, 2023


Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) has invested in the extension of Scarf’s free home energy advice service to help the thousands of households worried about the rising energy bills and the cost-of-living crisis or wanting to take action to address climate change.

Heating our homes efficiently not only reduces our bills, but it also has a significant impact on reducing our emissions resulting from heating.

To help residents through the Cost of Living and Climate crises, Perth & Kinross Council has committed additional funding to expand home energy advice services in Perth and Kinross.

Scarf’s home energy advice team, in partnership with PKC, has already helped thousands of households by providing free and impartial home energy advice and helping households to reduce their energy usage and bills.

The service has been renewed for another year with additional funding to support increasing demand of energy efficiency advice across communities.

Through the service, residents are able to access the Home Heating Support FundWarmer Homes Fund grants (up to £5k for energy efficiency measures), and other relevant grants and loans.

David Mackay, Co-Chief Executive of Scarf, said: “Scarf has been providing household energy efficiency advice across Scotland for over 38 years.

“This programme will allow us to support more homes with access to funding, improving the energy efficiency of homes and providing an advocacy service for households in fuel debt.

“We are excited with the expansion of the programme to support more households in Perth & Kinross with the advice and funding options, supporting the transition from oil and gas to renewable heating systems.”

Councillor Richard Watters, convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Committee, said: “The soaring cost of energy bills will make it difficult, if not impossible, for some people to heat their homes properly this winter.

“This means being energy efficient is more important than ever as it will help people keep their fuel bills down as much as possible.

“It’s also vital to reduce our emissions and the impact of climate change on our planet.”

PKC has also extended funding to a community-led project originating in Blairgowrie, the HEAT Project, which has been providing free local home energy advice and has helped hundreds of households with home energy advice and to get out of fuel debt. PKC committed funding to expand their services across the whole area of Perth and Kinross, allowing more residents to get free advice and support.