58,000 Scottish homes gain from energy savings
Statistics from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change revealed a higher proportion of houses in Scotland benefited from having improved insulation installed or new boilers fitted than the rest of the UK. The ECO scheme was supported by the Scottish government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) initiative – which is budgeted to provide £60 million of funding for households suffering from fuel poverty.
This funding will be used by local councils to pay for further work in improving the energy efficiency of domestic property. 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.
“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.” Ms Sturgeon added: “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.” But the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has voiced concerns that the ECO scheme would be relaxed.”
Despite energy efficiency schemes the cost of energy continues to rise. The infancy energy efficiency programs when developed as a national solution can produce infrastructural impact that in the short-term support the grid and long-term optimize overall systems.
The teetering of energy efficiency schemes when thrown out hurt the majority of residents that cannot afford retrofits. Further, homes older than 15 years are in need of upgrade to keep costs and utility down.