Homeowners and both private and social landlords and tenants in Scotland could all be set to benefit from the rollout of more funding for them to make energy-efficient improvements to their properties.
Under a new phase of the Scottish government’s Green Homes Cashback Scheme, homeowners will be able to apply for up to £7,300 to improve the EPC rating of their dwellings – for example, by implementing insulation solutions or investing in other measures that have been approved by a Green Deal Assessment Report.
In total, the government has committed a sum of £15 million to the project, highlighting its devout intent to improve the energy-efficiency of homes across the country.
The government’s ambition was reiterated by minister of energy Fergus Ewing who outlined how Scotland was in fact outperforming the rest of the UK in terms of its delivery of measures to help individuals make their properties greener.
“This government is leading investment on energy efficiency for low income households, with figures from Energy Action Scotland showing that on average, £3.52 is invested in England, compared with £36.48 in Scotland, £31.31 in Wales and £27.55 in Northern Ireland,” he said.
With recent reports revealing how squeezed many people are finding their household budgets as a result of the rising cost of living, he went on to say how rising energy bills were “a huge concern” for the Scottish government.
However, not only will the move help people to save money on their bills, but it will also go towards slashing emissions targets and protecting the environment.
For example, Energy Saving Trust statistics suggest that adding cavity wall insulation to a semi-detached property could save people as much as £145 per year on their energy bills and as much as 600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are strongly committed to addressing fuel poverty and climate change,” Mr Ewing concluded.
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