Scottish government launches £60 million energy efficiency fund
Thousands of homes in Scotland are to be made more energy efficient, thanks to a new £60 million government fund.
The Scottish government is desperate to reduce fuel poverty throughout the country and has already spread half of its Home Energy Efficiency Programme fund across its 32 local authorities.
Investment in improving both council houses and privately-owned homes
According to stv.tv, these councils will eventually be invited to bid for a share of the other £30 million available. The money will be spent on improving both council houses and privately-owned homes. It could potentially pay for all sorts of energy-efficiency measures – from the adoption of solar panels to the installation of interior cladding.
Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference
Speaking yesterday (March 10th) to scotsman.com, the Scottish housing and welfare minister, Margaret Burgess, claimed that ending fuel poverty was a huge priority for the government. She said:
“Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost-effectively.”
“Today’s funding will see thousands of homes across Scotland receive new measures like solid wall insulation and double glazing. It will help to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.”
The Scottish government had previously pledged to completely eliminate fuel poverty throughout the nation by 2016.
Author: Joe Elvin Date Written: 11 March 2013