Energy efficiency is key says council

The Scottish Government's target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
The Scottish Government's target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

People living in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient.

This comes as a result of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS).

Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded a grant of £1,675,930 to help residents make energy efficiency improvements to their properties.

This will include processes such as external/internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation, cavity wall and loft insulation.

The programme is available to owner occupiers and private rented householders living in council tax bands A to C, and band D if your income is less than £20,000.

For people living on an island, the programme is also available to people living in band D and above with an energy rating of E or below.

To work out what your energy rating might be contact Home Energy Scotland who will be able to provide professional advice in this regard.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Housing, Councillor Robin Currie said: “The weather might be in our favour just now but winter isn’t that far away, and these grants are a great opportunity for people to make their homes warmer and in turn save money on energy costs.

“The scheme will have a long lasting benefit for households across Argyll and Bute, helping to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emission, and I would urge people to make the most of this opportunity and sign up while they can.”

The scheme contributes towards the Scottish Governments target of alleviating fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 80 per cent by 2050.

It also contributes towards the Local Housing Strategy’s aim to improve the overall quality and condition of housing stock, and to ensure that people have the basic of a wind and watertight house or flay that they are proud to call home.

Housing Association tenants should contact their landlord in the first instance for advice and assistance.

The Scottish Government defines fuel poverty as follows: ‘A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would be required to spend more than 10 per cent of its income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use.’

To register your interest for the scheme, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.