The HEAT (Home Energy Assessment Team) initiative of the Angus Council allows local people to stay safe and save energy.
In 2013 Angus Council launched the Angus HEAT Projekt with the original Big Lottery financing. The scheme is complemented by the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Center, the operation of current SCARF (save cash and the fuel). The Scottish Government is now funding the project.
The initiative offers free mobile, email and face-to-face advice to and assistance for all households in Angus.
The initiative stresses the link between fuel poverty as well as household energy use and encourages energy efficiency. This consists of two HEAT workers working and managed by SCARF, providing advice and help to Angus families on power debt, utility obligations, fuel bills cuts, electricity advice, financing access, and assistance in addressing individual debt to energy providers.
The scheme provides an egalitarian group solution to all Angus communities with the same service regardless of sex, profit or revenue.
In the last six years, Angus HEAT has proven to be a reliable and used utility with a clear advantage for low-fuel families.
Advisory measures were also provided on general improvement in energy efficiency and lifestyle changes; efficient use and control of heating at home; the reduction of the condensation and dampness impacts and financial support advice including the maximization of income, social tariff controls and access to any available other financing for the reduction of fuel poverty.
Customer contact has resulted in 158 referrals by other agencies to Home Energy Scotland and Welfare Rights for further support or maintenance work/measures to be undertaken. Since about half of clients are council residents, many referrals to the Council have helped find beneficial changes to the council’s property that can then be made to make their homes more secure and energy-efficient for these individual customers.
The HEAT initiative is part of the Fuel Poverty Policy of the Angus Council and an important goal of the local housing policy to tackle fuel poverty among people throughout the area.