An initiative by the Scottish Government will make social housing warmer and more energy efficient through the installation of underfloor heating, solar panels and heat pumps. This will result in a reduction of the carbon footprint in 900 rented social accommodation properties.
The Decarbonisation Fund is providing £3 million in grants to 11 social landlords for the energy efficiency upgrades.
Kevin Stewart the Scottish Housing Minister, said:
“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.”
He said that, in 2018, fuel bill savings totalling £4.6 million was saved by 15,000 households after they received financial aid to install insulation, double glazing and more efficient heating.
The Energy Efficiency Standards for Social Housing (EESSH) wants all Scottish social landlords to upgrade their properties to an Energy Efficiency rating of at least band B, and make their properties as energy efficient as practical by the end of 2032. The Decarbonisation Fund helps social landlords achieve this target.
The Scottish Government has also creating a £17.6 million fund to help other households make their homes more energy efficient.
Whether households have access to energy efficiency funding or not, installing electric underfloor heating in well insulated homes makes financial sense, especially if the system is powered by solar energy. The cost of installation can be recovered in a few years through savings on energy bills, and household carbon footprints will be significantly reduced.