Warm homes boost for Dundee

May 10th, 2021


Householders in Dundee will benefit from reduced energy bills and free energy efficiency measures over the next two years, thanks to a new home energy advice project due to kick off later this month.

Scarf has successfully secured over £400,000 from Ofgem’s Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme to deliver hands-on fuel bill support and energy efficiency measures to homeowners and private tenants in the city.

Funding will see a dedicated team of home energy advisors provide one-to-one support to residents who are looking for help lowering their fuel bills, switching tariffs, and reducing their fuel debt. By partnering up with existing organisations and energy efficiency programmes in the area such as Home Energy Scotland, DEEAP, food banks, and employment services this new project will help educate and support householders out of fuel poverty.

David Mackay, acting CEO at Scarf said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our services into Dundee thanks to the Redress Scheme. With the support of Dundee City Council and other partners, we will work together to provide tailored energy advice which will drive down fuel debt for customers.

“Our advisors will provide free telephone and in-home support, once restrictions allow, which is designed to educate and support householders on a journey out of fuel poverty. The ability to provide low-cost energy efficiency measures such as LED light bulbs and radiator foils will ensure practical improvements take place, further reducing energy use in the property.”

Advisors will also help householders with referrals to local and national energy improvement schemes, such as Warmer Homes Scotland, which will bring health, environmental and energy efficiency benefits to the home.

Over the next two years, the project will complement the work of DEEAP, who support council and housing association tenants, ensuring the provision of tailored energy advice and care for all Dundonians, across all tenures.

Scarf is a charity and social enterprise with offices in Aberdeen and Dundee. Current programmes of work involve the delivery of the prestigious Home Energy Scotland contract in the North East, and the coordination of an in-home local energy advice service in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth & Kinross.

We are currently recruiting for an advisor for this new project. You can find out more about the role HERE.