Scottish Government Unveils Warm Home Plans

25 June 2013

By 2020, all homes in Scotland will have Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation, the Scottish Government has revealed.

As part of its bid to tackle fuel poverty and lower carbon emissions, the Government has implemented a new Sustainable Housing Policy that will plug leaky homes and reduce the cost of energy for the general public.

In addition to installing Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation into all properties that can have such measures installed, the policy will also see that all homes with gas central heating are fitted with an energy efficient boiler.

“It is my belief that everyone should live in a safe warm home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat, explained Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for this Government. That is why over 2013/14 we are investing £79 million to help people to keep their energy bills down. This funding will see thousands of homes across Scotland receive new measures like solid wall insulation and better heating systems.”

The Scottish Government has already pumped £150 million into improving energy efficiency in homes. Since 2008, more than 629,000 measures of Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation have been fitted into 540,000 different properties.

“This strategy is a significant milestone,” Burgess continues. “It sets out the work we have done to date to help improve the energy efficiency of our homes, and lays out our vision for a greener, cleaner Scotland.

“To help improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty at the moment we are actively working with councils and energy companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of funding for efficiency programmes.”

This energy efficient push comes as Scotland prepares to adjust its energy performance policies. From 2015, it will be illegal for properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of Band F or G to be let or sold. The energy performance of properties in these brackets will need to be improved before a sale can commence, or before tenants can move in.

The 2015 deadline will come three years before England and Wales implement this law.

Solid Wall Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation are just some of the measures available under the Green Deal, the latest energy efficiency initiative to be implemented in the United Kingdom.

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