£12m home insulation scheme will tackle fuel poverty
Up to 3,500 homes in the capital are to be insulated over the next year in a bid to make them cheaper to heat and reduce fuel poverty.
Homeowners and private tenants will benefit from an estimated £12m of
available funding through the Scottish Government’s Home Energy
Efficiency Programme (HEEPS) and funding from the Energy Companies
The Council, working with the Energy Savings Trust and Changeworks,
will provide loft and cavity wall insulation to thousands of households
across the capital who are at risk of being affected by fuel poverty.
Private homes are, on average, less energy efficient than Council
homes and have poorer energy performance ratings. Council tenants
benefit from a comprehensive investment programme which has seen around
£30m invested over the last five years in improving the energy
efficiency of Council homes.
Housing Convener Cllr Cammy Day said: "The rising cost of heating
is hitting poorer households hard. This initiative will make a major
contribution to making homes for some of the worst affected households
cheaper to heat.
"This initiative is a major part of the Coalition’s commitment to
ensuring that the city's people are well housed in quality
accommodation, whether this is within our own stock or in privately
Householders who would like to know more about this and other Scottish Government funded offers can contact the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit http://www.homeenergyscotland.org/.