New statistics show that more than 58,000 energy efficiency measures were installed in homes throughout Scotland during 2013. Quarterly statistics published by DECC show that Scotland outperformed the rest of Great Britain on the delivery of energy efficiency measures – such as loft and wall insulation and new boilers.
Between January to December 2013, 58,058 energy efficiency measures were delivered in Scotland. This is above the British average for delivery of Energy Company Obligations (ECO) initiatives with 24.5 measures being delivered in Scotland for every 1000 households compared to the British average of 20.5.
In Scotland delivery of ECO is supported by the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS), working together with local authorities.
Earlier this month the Scottish Government announced the allocation of the £60 million HEEPS funding pot for 2014/15 which is targeted at fuel poor households across Scotland.
Funding is distributed across all of Scotland’s local authorities, including our rural and island areas and includes specific provision for households in rural areas currently finding it difficult to access measures. This means additional measures are being installed over and above those provided under ECO.
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Thousands of homes across Scotland, have become warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to the Scottish Government’s support for delivery of energy efficiency schemes.
“This includes more than 12,000 measures in the GlasgowCity area.
“Through HEEPS, local council led, area-based schemes are being supported across the whole of Scotland which will enable local councils to leverage ECO investment.
“In total, the Scottish Government will spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds over a three year period on fuel poverty and energy efficiency.
“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for this government. While we have managed to help thousands of households in Scotland to have warmer, more energy efficient homes, with independence we would be able to change the way energy efficiency is funded to help even more people.”