Scottish energy efficiency programme in £9m funding boost

The Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) has been allocated an additional £9 million by the Scottish government today.

Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess said that HEEPS will receive the second allocation from the £55 million budget. A total of £46 million distributed during the first allocation phase in July this year.

The money will be used for area-based schemes to target fuel poor households, installing energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation.

Burgess said: “Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost efficiently.”

She added: “To help tackle fuel poverty we are actively working with councils and energy companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of funding for efficiency programmes like these.

“Unlike the UK government, we believe it is important to provide this type of funding, which is why we are committing around a quarter of a billion pounds to it in this spending review period.”