Local MSP Margaret Burgess has launched a new energy efficiency standard that is expected to save tenants money on their household bills.
housing tenants whose homes meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for
Social Housing (EESSH) could save an estimated average of £210 per
year. The EESSH aims to improve the energy efficiency of the social
housing stock in Scotland, helping to reduce fuel poverty, energy
consumption and carbon emissions.
Raising energy efficiency
ratings from the existing Scottish Housing Quality Standard to the new
EESSH is expected to save around £130m in Scottish fuel costs each year.
It is also calculated that annual carbon emissions from housing will
be reduced by 760Kt CO2, which is more than the annual emissions from
all the households in Aberdeen and Dundee combined.
who made the announcement in her capacity as the SNP Scottish
Government’s Minister for Housing and Welfare, said, “Scotland is
outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures
that save tenants money, and the introduction of this standard will help
enhance our performance for many of the poorest households in Scotland.
rising energy prices remain a huge concern for this government, and we
will spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds over a three year period
on fuel poverty and energy efficiency.”
The MSP for Cunninghame
South noted, “While we have managed to help thousands of households in
Scotland to have warmer, more energy-efficient homes, with independence
we would be able to change the way energy efficiency is funded to help
even more people.”