Council warns residents about door to door energy scammers

Friday September 22nd 2023


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Residents in East Lothian are being warned to be on the alert for cold callers promising to improve their household heating.

East Lothian Council has issued an alert after reports of people knocking on doors or letters being delivered from organisations claiming to be working with the local authority.

The council said the unsolicited approaches are offering to carry out energy efficiency checks for free including insulating walls, installing new heating systems or solar panels.

And it said it was concerned people would be tempted to agree to work which may not be needed or up to standard.

A council spokesperson said: “Some local residents have reported ‘cold callers’ knocking on doors or unsolicited letters being delivered by companies from outside the local area claiming to be working with the local authority.

“Unfortunately, in the current climate with many householders facing rising costs over the last couple of years, some may try to take advantage of this.

“Some of these installations may not be required or warranted or guaranteed when completed.”

Residents are urged to contact trusted bodies for help if they need advice on energy bills or improving home efficiency.

The council said people should get in touch with Home Energy Scotland or Changeworks

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in their area is asked to report it by calling 101.

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