Hotspot letter

Dear Portobello Resident

Haven’t got around to insulating your home yet?

Last winter’s snow is becoming a distant memory and insulating your home is probably not top of your to-do list. That’s why the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre and local community group PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town have got together to make it easy and affordable for Portobello residents to get set for winter.

Installing loft insulation saves an average household about £150 a year and cavity wall insulation can save around £115 a year. It’s not just money you’ll save; by cutting down on wasted energy you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment.

We offer free, impartial advice on things like loft and cavity wall insulation and the different offers you could choose from.  The good news is that discounted prices are available to everyone, and some people might even get their insulation for free. The even better news is that we’ve set up a fast-track service in Portobello for free, no-obligation home insulation surveys:  here are some guide prices to give you an idea of cost for a home like yours.

Cavity Wall InsulationLoft Insulation
3 bedroom house£129*£149 – £179*
2 – 3 bedroom tenement flatn/a£149 – £269*

*Prices are subject to technical survey.

Signing up for the survey couldn’t be easier. Just send the advice centre your details on the freepost card provided and we’ll call to book your survey. Or you can call us free on 0800 512 012.

The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre is funded by the Scottish Government. We provide free and impartial advice about how to stop wasting energy at home. If you’d like to ask us about energy efficiency, renewable energy or greener travel just give us a call on freephone 0800 512 012. If your home can’t take loft or cavity wall insulation, why not give us a call for a chat about other things you could do instead,

We’ve also printed some information on the back of this letter about other energy saving projects being run by PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town that might benefit you.

We hope to hear from you soon.

Chris Morris                                                                        Tom Black

Manager                                                                        Project Manager

Energy Saving Scotland advice centre                        PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town                                      

What about other energy saving schemes for Portobello residents?

Portobello Warm Tenement Scheme aims to help you make your flat warmer and cosier, while at the same time saving you money and reducing carbon emissions. The scheme is run by PEDAL – Portobello Transition Town. If you live in a tenement or flat with a shared roof space, the scheme can help with advice about energy saving and free or reduced cost loft insulation. Free advice is available for individual flats, as well as free no obligation loft surveys.

Reduced price solar hot water panels

PEDAL is also offering Portobello residents reduced price solar hot water panels through an accredited installer. We want to find out how many people in Portobello might be interested in solar thermal panels, and then agree a “bulk purchase” price with accredited installers so that people in Portobello can benefit from a reduced price one-off installation cost. The installer will need to carry out a survey of your house to assess its suitability for solar panels and confirm the overall cost. Installation arrangements will be between the installer and householder, and may also be subject to a building warrant and planning permission.

If you would like more information about Portobello Warm Tenements Scheme or the solar hot water offer, please contact Charlotte at charlotte [at] pedal-porty [dot] org [dot] uk or on 0131 258 4483.

What is PEDAL- Portobello Transition Town?

PEDAL is a local community organisation set up in 2005, We are working to create a vibrant and sustainable Portobello. We aim to support local people so they can play their part in tackling climate change and reduce their use of fossil fuels, while improving the local economy and quality of life at the same time.  PEDAL has received funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to run a range of projects this year. These aim to help people in Portobello use less energy, generate more of their own energy, and grow or buy more local and organic food.

One response to “Hotspot letter

  1. Pippa Richardson

    I am keen to have more insulation laid in my loft and am aware as to where it needs topped up, but I’m not eligible for any grants etc. I own my own home, a one storey house in Portobello
    I would just like someone to lay it, and can’t seem to find any names or details of somebody who would.
    Do you have a list of fitters?
    I would really appreciate it if you could let me know of anyone.
    Thank you,

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