How to get in your (grand)parents or in-laws good books.
I have a respectable amount of good son-in-law points saved up and I have been benefiting from them for years. All it took was a little bit of time on the internet, a few chats and some phone calls.
How did I do this? Two words. Central heating.
My father-in-law lived in a flat which relied on heating from plug-in heaters in the living room and each of the bedrooms. Not the ideal solution and his fuel bills reflected this.
Long before I started working on greenerscotland.org I was reading about the support offered by the Scottish Government through Home Energy Scotland and I was able to start the ball rolling for central heating to be installed with only a minimal financial contribution from my father-in-law. He now has a cosy warm flat and his fuel bills are much lower than they used to be. I am now introduced as “This is Neil, he helped me get my central heating”.
So what can you do?
If you have a parent, an in-law, a grandparent or a friend who is 60+, owns their home, receives at least one of the qualifying benefits and either has no central heating system or one that does not work, they may well be eligible for support from the Scottish Government to put this right. So follow this simple process for good book points:
Step 1: check the eligibility criteria with the person you think may qualify. More detail is available on our Warmer Homes Scotland page.
Step 2: contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or request a call back to have eligibility checked and start the application process.
Step 3: Home Energy Scotland will work with the homeowner to have the appropriate energy efficiency measures installed.
Step 4: Sit back and wait for the regular deposit of good book points in your account. These can be exchanged for a variety of benefits such as baby sitting or jumping the buffet queue at family functions.