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Social housing to be more energy efficient

Wednesday November 6th, 2019

People who rent their homes will get warmer and cheaper-to-heat housing as a result of major Scottish Government investment.Government Opportunities

Technology like underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and solar panels will be installed to reduce the carbon footprint of almost 900 social rented properties.

Grants to pay for the work will be given to eleven social landlords through a £3 million second round of the Decarbonisation Fund.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart visited Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association in Edinburgh to see battery storage and solar panels which will be installed in 80 homes with the new funding.

He said:

“A warm, energy efficient home means cheaper energy bills for tenants as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Last year 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6 million on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the Scottish Government’s schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.

This funding will support our work to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty, as well as helping meet our climate change targets.

Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first Energy Efficiency Standard Social Standard for Housing, reporting that 85% of social rented homes already meet the standard for 2020, with a new standard confirmed for 2032. 

This funding will help further landlords’ progress, encouraging innovative approaches and ideas.”

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