Scotland pledges £3 million to boost energy efficiency of social homes
The Scottish Government has granted £3 million to 11 social housing associations to improve energy efficiency of homes across the country.
The money is part of the Decarbonisation Fund, which supports the installation of energy efficient technologies such as insulation, ground source heat pumps, solar panels and underfloor heating.
The Scottish Government released its Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020s (EESSH2) earlier in the year, with the aim of maximising the number of homes in the social rented sector attaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating B by 2032. Exploring energy efficient measures will reduce the carbon footprint of almost 900 social rented properties in Scotland and will help the government to achieve its aim.
Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “A warm, safe home gives people a greater sense of wellbeing and saves them money. Importantly, by achieving the new standard social landlords will reduce poor energy efficiency to reach our fuel poverty targets and contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitious climate change emissions reductions targets".
Elmhurst always supports any effort on the part of government, organisations and individuals to increase the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock. Not only will this deliver real benefits for householders, in terms of warmer homes and lower bills, but it will also reduce the effects of climate change and foster a cleaner and greener planet for generations to come.