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07/07/13 09:53

Green energy programmes save £1 billion

Home energy performance data is published.

The Scottish Government’s home energy programmes are set to save householders more than £1 billion on their energy bills.

More than 800,000 households have been offered energy advice or assistance under the Government’s four home energy programmes since 2009.

These initiatives include the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, which recently exceeded the Scottish Government’s 30,000 boiler replacement target, as well as the Energy Assistance Package, Universal Home Insulation Scheme and Home Insulation Scheme.

Activity for 2012-13 is expected to save a further million tonnes of C02 over the lifetime of the energy measures put in place, which is around 15 years for a new heating system and 40 years for new insulation.

The Scottish Government continues to offer a wide range of assistance and support accessible through the Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282.

This is reinforced by a record £79 million this year for the new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland which are targeted at households at risk of fuel poverty.

There is also help for a wide range of households through the Green Homes Cashback Scheme which offers up to £1,200 towards energy efficiency measures.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced the performance data during a visit to a household in Denny, who have installed a new boiler thanks to the boiler scrappage scheme.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

“Meeting householders who have benefitted from the Scottish Government’s home energy programmes puts into context how much they are saving through these measures and how vital these savings are.

“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.

“Rising energy bills are a huge concern for this government, and fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in an energy rich country like Scotland.

“There is a wide range of financial support and offers available to Scottish households and I would urge anyone who would like to reduce their energy bills to contact Home Energy Scotland hotline from the Scottish Government on 0808 808 2282 or visit homeenergyscotland.org as soon as possible to find out about what energy saving offers are available to them.”

Denny householder Brendan Crawford, who got a new boiler through the Scottish Government’s boiler scrappage scheme, said:

“Having a boiler fitted after years of living with a faulty one has been life-changing. Before we got in touch with Home Energy Scotland, our gas bills were enormous and the boiler kept breaking down – it just couldn’t be relied on.

“I’m so pleased I decided to get in touch – one call was all it took. I would encourage everyone to give the advice line a call and find out what they are entitled to.

“Now that we have the new boiler installed we finally have peace of mind that we won’t be left out in the cold if the weather takes a turn for the worse this winter. We can also have the heating on for longer and it actually costs us less, which is perfect.”

Mike Thornton, Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland said:

“We are delighted to have supported the Scottish Government in helping more than 30,000 home owners in Scotland install a more efficient boiler and reduce their heating 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 Cashback Scheme as part of the Scottish Government’s wider Home Energy Scotland support.”

Notes to editors

Home Energy Scotland from the Scottish Government is the only source of clear and impartial advice to help Scots in making their homes cheaper to heat. Householders can find out about all the support available to them by calling free on 0808 808 2282 or visiting homeenergyscotland.org

The new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland comprise:

  • Area Based Schemes delivered by local authorities and prioritising fuel poor areas aiming to cover the whole of Scotland in around 10 years. Scottish Government funding of £60 million for 2013-14.
  • Affordable Warmth Scheme delivered nationally and targeted at private tenure households who are vulnerable to fuel poverty as defined by the UK Government’s affordable warmth group. Eligibility is based on the ECO Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation.
  • Energy Assistance Scheme which is an extension of stage 4 of the Energy Assistance Package focusing assistance on the most vulnerable and poor households which were previously eligible for heating and insulation measures but who would otherwise miss out under the Affordable Warmth Scheme. Scottish Government funding £16 million for 2013-14 .

A further £3 million has been allocated to the Energy Saving Trust and others to help support the Home Energy Scotland hotline and advice centres to provide advice and guidance to people about the energy efficiency of their homes and what support they may be eligible for. This takes the total Scottish Government budget for 2013-14 to £79 million.

The Scottish Government funding is designed to maximise leverage of Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding into Scotland creating a £200m per year fund and making Scotland the most attractive place in Great Britain for energy companies to invest in energy efficiency.

Under the Green Homes Cashback Scheme, up to £500 is available for insulation measures, up to £400 for a boiler and up to £300 for other measures (such as glazing, LED lighting and heating controls).

See the full performance data report