Heat your home - managing rising costs

The cost of the gas and electricity we use in our homes is going up. You can find out here about steps you can take to deal with this.

What can I do about it?

Get help with benefits

Make sure you are receiving all the Welfare Benefits you are entitled to.  For a free impartial benefit check contact:

  • Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau Advisory Service at info@abcab.org.uk or call 01546 605550
    • “If you are in debt with your energy provider: Argyll & Bute Citizens Advice Bureau offer free, confidential debt advice to avoid disconnection and can check eligibility for extra financial help for anyone living in Argyll & Bute regardless of housing status”
  • Bute Advice Centre’s  Money Advice Service info@buteadvice.org.uk  or call 01700 502784
  • Argyll and Bute Council’s Welfare Rights Service Welfare Rights Service or call 01546 605517
  • If you a tenant of Argyll Community Housing Association ACHA Welfare Rights or call 0800 028 2755

Get energy advice

  • You can also get free advice from Home Energy Scotland – by visiting the Home Energy Scotland website to request a call back or call 0800 808 2282 or
  • ALIenergy enquiries@alienergy.org.uk or call 01631 565 183 about practical advice and energy saving tips to help ease pressure on household finances.
  • Ask your energy supplier about their Social Tariffs to check you are getting the best deal with them.

Improve the energy efficiency of your home

  • You might qualify for Insulation - Home Energy Efficiency if your property is in band A to C or dependant on your circumstances or where you live. Home Energy Scotland will carry out an eligibility check and can also assess eligibility for the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme. Visit the Home Energy Scotland website to request a call back.
  • The range of available insulation is as follows;
    • External wall insulation
    • Internal wall insulation
    • Cavity wall insulation
    • Loft insulation
    • Underfloor insulation

Food and Fuel costs emergency support

If you are really struggling for money, have little or no savings to help meet these increasing costs and have a relatively low household income you can apply for grant funding to help with the cost of Food or Fuel. You can apply online using this link Argyll and Bute Flexible Food Fund, or call 01700 502784 to make an application. The fund links immediate need for money with longer-term support from welfare benefit and money advice specialists and can really help families struggling to make ends meet.

For more help in dealing with rising costs of living please see our advice page -   Worried about money?

Fuel Poverty in Argyll and Bute

A household is said to be in fuel poverty if it has to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel, to heat their home to a satisfactory level

Our Local Housing Strategy sets out how the Council and its partners will try to eradicate fuel poverty in Argyll and Bute by 2021 and the Argyll and Bute Council Statement of Intent