The Scottish government pinpointed four key programmes as the main reason behind the nation’s more effective use of energy.
The Boiler Scrappage Scheme, Energy Assistance Package, Universal Home Insulation Scheme and Home Insulation Scheme have resulted in more than 800,000 households being offered energy advice or assistance.
This success is set to continue in the months ahead, as figures reveal that measures implemented in 2012 and 2013 will help reduce emissions by roughly one million tonnes of C02. These figures are linked to the lifecycle of the new installations; around 15 years for a new heating system and 40 years for new insulation.
Speaking on the measures housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “It is my belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat. In these current economic times, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of money saving opportunities.”
The Scottish Government has pledged almost £80m towards fuel poverty energy efficiency initiatives with the aim of assisting vulnerable households.
In its bid to make Scotland the most attractive place in the UK for energy companies to invest in energy efficiency, the government is also leveraging funding from the Energy Company Obligation. The aim is to put together a pot of £200m to invest per year.
These measures, alongside initiatives to assist homeowners, received the support of Mike Thornton, director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland. He told Utility Week he was “delighted” to have helped more than 30,000 homeowners install more efficient boilers and lower energy bills.
“Although this particular programme has reached its end, grant support for energy efficiency and heating improvements continues to be available under the green homes cash back scheme as part of the Scottish Government’s wider home energy Scotland support,” he said.