By Jamie Patterson
Householders are to be given more help to insulate their houses under a new green initiative announced by the Scottish Govenrment today.
The scheme will see households in both rural and urban areas across ten local authorities offered free energy audits, advice on becoming more energy efficient and wall insulations.
The work will be carried out by “energy assessors”, providing energy saving advice and encouraging residents to sign up for insulation measures.
The Government expects the initiative, which will cost £15 million of public money in its first year, to create 900 jobs and help meet Scotland’s climate change objectives.
Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:
“Making Scotland’s homes better insulated will be key to achieving our ambitious climate change targets.
“By offering householders help with making their homes more energy efficient, people will have the opportunity to do their bit for the environment.
“Importantly it will help make homes warmer, reduce fuel bills, safeguard existing jobs and create new employment opportunities.”
Mike Thornton, Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland added:
“The Home Insulation Scheme can make a real difference to households.
“This will make it easier than ever for householders to insulate their home. From providing a home energy audit and energy efficiency advice, to installing the insulation, we will guide people through the whole process.
“The scheme also presents good value to householders, who can expect low-cost insulation measures which will save them money but also reduce CO2 emissions.”
The scheme is managed by the publicly-funded Energy Savings Trust Scotland and the Government hopes to attract additional funding from the private sector.
A target has been set of saving households £70 a year as well as reducing household carbon emissions.