A FREE drop-in service to save energy and money has been launched for Peeblesshire householders.

The Change Works in Peebles hub recently opened in the town’s Old Corn Exchange on the High Street.

And it is hoped that hundreds of local residents will benefit from the free advice.

An expert energy advisor from Home Energy Scotland will be based in the hub until the end of March offering anyone who drops in an impartial energy efficiency advice session.

Donna Marshall, project manager of Change Works in Peebles, told the Peeblesshire News: “We’re delighted to be open and able to welcome people into the hub.

“Having a dedicated Home Energy Scotland advisor on site for the next few weeks is a brilliant opportunity for people to receive tailored expert advice on saving energy and staying warm at home.

“The advisor will also provide information on any schemes and funding available to help install energy efficiency improvements such as a new boiler or insulation.”

Maddy Grant, the Home Energy Scotland advisor based in the hub, added: “I hope to help people save money on their heating and electricity bills, keeping their homes warm and saving energy. I regularly speak to customers and many improvements can be made quickly and simply – people really appreciate the tailored and impartial support.”

Change Works in Peebles also supported a Home Energy Scotland event earlier this week at Peebles Burgh Hall.

Attendees received advice on keeping warm at home by learning about different types of insulation, draught-proofing and glazing replacement; as well as how to reduce energy usage and lower their bills.

Expert speakers from Scottish Borders Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Home Energy Scotland and Change Works in Peebles each gave short talks, and people had the opportunity to meet energy advisors and specialist installers.

To contact the Change Works in Peebles team visit their Facebook page, facebook.com/ChangeWorksinPeebles or email peebles@changeworks.org.uk