SOME £400,00 is to be spent making local homes more energy efficient.
Dumfries and Galloway Council, in conjunction with Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), announced the money will be spent on new homes in Newton Stewart, Lockerbie, Friars Vennel, Monreith and Thornhill to provide them with photovoltaic heating systems and some will have air source heat pumps which absorb heat from outside and release it into the home.
Along with good insulation, these green heating systems should help to reduce the energy bills of tenants.
The council is putting £150,000 of funding toward the project, using council tax income generated on second homes.
Councillor Jim McClung, chairman of the housing sub-committee, said: “It makes sense that these affordable homes are as energy efficient as possible. Fuel poverty is a growing problem, so helping to reduce bills should make things a little easier for tenants.
“Failure to provide this extra funding may have led to a reduction in the number of affordable homes made available.”