Homes in Ladywood to be warmer and cheaper to heat

The council has successfully bid for Scottish Government funding

Homes in Ladywood will be warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to a successful bid for Scottish Government funding by Midlothian Council.

The money will fund energy saving measures in both private and council-owned homes

The council has been granted £928,484 of government money for low cost energy saving measures and external wall insulation for 35 council properties and 76 private homes in the Ladywood area. The money will also be used on a range of energy efficiencies for Penicuik Town Hall and Penicuik High Pavilion.

This will benefit hundreds of local residents

Councillor Derek Rosie, the cabinet member for property and facilities, said: “We take tackling fuel poverty very seriously at Midlothian Council. We’re delighted our bid has been successful and will now benefit hundreds of local residents and the Penicuik community. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to secure this money.

We will be writing to householders in the coming months

“Midlothian Council are currently in the process of drawing up a works programme and will be writing to the properties included in the funding bid over the coming months”.

We are one of 11 council awarded over £9 million

Midlothian is one of 11 councils awarded over £9 million to pilot new and innovative approaches to drive down energy bills and tackle climate change.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is being directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.

Since 2008 over one million energy efficient measures have been put in one million households

These pilots will help shape the wider work that will be delivered when SEEP is rolled out further from 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance said: “Since 2008 over one million energy efficiency measures have been installed in almost one million households across Scotland which has helped make homes warmer and easier to heat.

Tackling fuel poverty is a priority 

“The Scottish Government will continue to prioritise tackling fuel poverty and remains committed to helping those most in need.

“These SEEP pilot projects will build on our existing support for households and also improve the energy efficiency of community centres, charities, businesses and commercial properties.”

“Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for us, but we need to be creative if we want to make a real lasting difference. I look forward to seeing how councils can bring their innovative ideas to life to reduce energy bills and tackle fuel poverty in their communities.”

Find out more

Householders who would like to know more about this and other Scottish Government funded offers can contact the Scottish Government’ s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.

Businesses looking for advice on saving energy can contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268

 

13 Oct 2016