Councillors to consider fuel saving projects

Dumfries and Galloway Council want to improve their housing stock, like this Kellooway home pictured above pre-install.
Dumfries and Galloway Council want to improve their housing stock, like this Kellooway home pictured above pre-install.

The Dumfries and Galloway region will benefit from Scottish Government funding to the tune of £2.063 million.

The purpose of the funding is to reduce carbon emissions, tackle fuel poverty in the region and the focus will be on whole street solid wall insulation, free loft and cavity wall insulation and a whole house approach to energy saving.

Councillors will learn more about the government funding for the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEP: ABS) for 2018/19 at the meeting of the Communities Committee next week.

The programme is proving to be an effective way of assisting fuel poor households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Since it began, there have been more than 1,450 energy efficiency measures installed across Dumfries and Galloway.

These same measures will save over 41,450t of carbon in their lifetime and result in fuel bill savings in excess of £10m at current prices.

At the committee meeting, Councillors will be asked to approve the projects that will be submitted to the Scottish Government for the HEEPS: ABS programme for Dumfries and Galloway during 2018/19.

A whole street approach is being proposed by the council. This approach is implemented by identifying a number of households in one location and carrying our simultaneous works to properties. Members are being asked to approve the following projects: Stranraer solid wall insulation project; Dumfries solid wall insulation project; Dumfries and Galloway rural insulation project; Dalbeattie External Wall Insulation Project and Gretna External Wall Insulation Project.

Chair of the Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson, said: “We are determined to tackle fuel poverty in all its forms. This award is most welcome at a time when energy bills continue to be a concern for those facing poverty in our region. Hopefully the measures outlined will reduce householder bills reducing the impact of energy price rises. I am confident that the whole street approach will help to target households in those areas that are most in need across our region.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor John Martin, echoed the comments.