The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50m of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) will provide funding to all Scottish local authorities to help fuel poor households. The investment will be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulations.

Wilson Shaw, chair of the NIA Scotland, said: "As chair of the National Insulation Association's Scottish Forum, I would once again congratulate the Scottish government on their forward-thinking commitment to the installation of insulation. I hope that this investment will soon result in much-needed activity on the ground, in order to safeguard jobs in what is a very challenging year for insulation companies.”

An astounding 60 percent of heat can be lost through non-insulated walls and roofs, but with the right measures put in place, householders in Scotland could be making huge savings on their fuel bills. The Energy Saving Trust reports that by simply installing cavity wall and loft insulation, savings of up to £320 per year are possible. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts - up to £655 per year.

To find a local NIA member, householders should visit the NIA website or call 08451 636363.