The Heat Is On With Direct Savings

by Heather Peebles

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Living RoomHouseholds in West Lothian are set to benefit from cheaper heating bills through a new energy efficiency project.

 Bathgate-based Direct Savings is working in conjunction with Almond Housing Association to install loft and cavity wall insulation into their housing stock – at no cost to their tenants.

Currently working to complete an initial installation programme at 130 properties in Ash Grove and Beech Grove in Craigshill, Livingston.

Once completed, this is expected to lead to Direct Savings continuing to work with Almond Housing Association to undertake a larger survey and insulation programme of its properties in West Lothian.

Chris Bonnar, Capital Projects Manager, at Almond Housing Association said: “We are very pleased to be in a position to offer tenants this range of energy efficiency improvements which will bring them long-term benefits.

“The insulation work should play a key role in making homes noticeably warmer and better equipped to fend off the harsh Scottish winters – on top of being good for the environment.

“Working with Direct Savings has allowed us to show the responsible and dynamic approach we are making to improve the energy efficient of our housing stock.

“It is a great example of two companies coming together at local level, to deal with the important national issue of working to reducing the UK’s use of energy.

“We have also been impressed at the responsible approach Direct Savings has taken to work with us and our tenants.”

The project – which will carry on throughout 2014 – is being carried out under the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme, the Government-led programme which aims to reduce the UK’s energy consumption through funding provision to make homes more energy efficient.

Jed Smith, Managing Director at Direct Savings, said: “Our work with Almond Housing Association is likely to develop into our biggest insulation programme with a social landlord to date.

“In this case, it is particularly pleasing as it involves two West Lothian companies working successfully together to benefit people in the district.

“We’re delighted to hear the positive feedback from Almond Housing Association about our work and our attention to customer service.

“As much as 25% of heat in a family home can be lost through a roof with inadequate insulation. That means our work is immediately keeping these homes in West Lothian warm and comfortable for the householder.

“Everyone is concerned about soaring heating bills, so being able to help make a significant difference to the finances of local households is something we are very proud about. And best of all, it has not cost these tenants a penny.”

During the initial installation work, Direct Savings also concluded arrangements with private homeowners and landlords to carry out cavity and loft insulation work in their properties.

Jed added: “Private homeowners can qualify for free or reduced cost energy efficiencies measures and we’d encourage anyone who is worried about their heating bills to get in touch with us.

“We are also continuing to look to develop strong relationships with housing associations, councils and social landlords across Scotland to work with them to improve their housing stocks.”

Direct Savings is one of the UK’s leading national installer of high quality, innovative energy saving solutions, operating out of five bases – its Bathgate HQ, Perth, Peterhead, Milton Keynes and Bradford.

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Private: Heather Peebles

Based as a PR in Edinburgh, Heather Peebles is a highly-valued member of the team at Holyrood PR. Her work with the Scottish public relations consultancy sees her advising clients in healthcare, construction, renewables and logistics. As well as delivering numerous successful PR campaigns, she is also experienced in crisis PR and reputation management.

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