A Dundee MSP has welcomed an additional £250,000 for Dundee City Council announced earlier this month as part of a new £10 million grant scheme by the Scottish Government for free insulation measures and energy saving advice to households.
The Universal Home Insulation Scheme is a £10 million programme to support free-to-all energy efficiency measures, and it will be delivered by local authorities. It is additional to the £15 million Home Insulation Scheme delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, but will build on the work already done.
Around 100,000 homes across Scotland will be contacted with advice on energy efficiency measures and offered the opportunity to participate.
Welcoming the initiative, Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick said: “This additional funding will help Dundee City Council – and 26 other local authorities – to provide advice, free insulation and other energy saving measures to even more homes than previously planned.
“It will help thousands more families to cut their fuel bills by an average of £50 a year and will build on previous investments, including the work done by the existing Energy Saving Trust scheme.
“Also, by improving household energy efficiency, Scots households can save an estimated £2 billion by 2020 from smaller energy bills, while investment in energy efficiency over that period could directly support around 10,000 jobs in Scotland.
“So not only will these initiatives reduce families’ bills and their carbon footprint, but they will also create and support employment for insulation manufacturers, installers and energy advisors.
“Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan includes a headline target to reduce total energy consumption by 12 per cent by 2020. We can do this by delivering advice and support to households to reduce their domestic energy bills.
“Saving you money on your energy bills is part of the same process of making Scotland more energy-efficient and meeting our carbon-reduction targets. It’s a win-win situation.”
It is anticipated that renewables will provide the equivalent of 80 per cent of domestic electricity demand by the end of this decade and Scotland will be producing renewable electricity in volumes equivalent to its entire demand by 2025 and will be key to delivering Scotland’s world-leading carbon-reduction target of a 42 per cent cut in CO2 by 2020.