Fuel poverty

Increasing energy efficiency of homes must be at heart of Energy Strategy, says SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the publication of Scotland’s first ever integrated energy roadmap by the Scottish Government but has called for the strategy to include greater emphasis on increasing the energy efficiency of homes.

Published 25 January 2017

Aberdeen district heating network project moves to next stage

A £9.5 million District Heating Network which would provide lower-cost heating for residents in Aberdeen took a step forward at a council committee yesterday.

Published 25 January 2017

MPs urged to sign up to initiative to tackle deaths from cold homes

With one in ten households in Britain facing fuel poverty this winter, and cold homes contributing to 24,300 excess winter deaths during last year, calls have been made for MPs to step up and take action.

Published 24 January 2017

South Ayrshire homes set for major energy efficiency facelift

South Ayrshire Council is taking forward a programme of works designed to tackle fuel poverty by driving down the cost of annual bills for more than 300 homes.

Published 16 January 2017

Majority of Scots back increase to home energy efficiency investment

Health, housing, anti-poverty and environmental organisations have called for more public money to be spent on making Scotland’s homes energy efficient after a new poll found there was overwhelming backing for more investment to tackle fuel poverty.

Published 4 January 2017

Five most fuel poor UK cities are all in Scotland, report finds

Scottish cities have been ranked the five worst areas of the UK for fuel poverty.

Published 16 December 2016

Energy companies urged to tackle ‘poverty premium’ paid by low income households

Representatives from the ‘Big Six’ energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty and facing a ‘poverty premium’ of paying more for their energy.

Published 15 December 2016

SSE outlines plans for Scottish energy strategy

Energy company SSE has submitted a series of proposals to the Scottish Government as ministers begin to draw up Scotland's new 'Energy Strategy'.

Published 13 December 2016

97,000 households move out of fuel poverty but ‘too many homes’ still cold and damp

A long term improvement in the energy efficiency of housing stock coupled with a substantial drop in the price of domestic fuel has seen a drop in Scotland’s fuel poverty rates, though campaigners have warned that the job is far from over.

Published 6 December 2016

Minister sees how Greenock’s district heating system is tackling fuel poverty

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, minister for business, innovation and energy, has visited Broomhill in Greenock to hear how its new £7 million district heating system is resulting in warmer, more energy efficient homes with dramatically reduced energy bills.

Published 1 December 2016

Greens disappointed at vote on fuel poverty budget increase

Scottish Green Party MSPs have expressed disappointment after Holyrood's other main parties voted against proposals to allocate more than the proposed £125 million per year to eradicate fuel poverty.

Published 17 November 2016

Glasgow City Council outlines £5m home energy efficiency programmes

Over £5 million is to be allocated to three affordable warmth and energy efficiency programmes in Glasgow, councillors have been told.

Published 17 November 2016

Blog: Eight tools to tackle fuel poverty

Ahead of yesterday’s Scottish Parliament debate on fuel poverty, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman says it’s time to consider what more can be done to steward our housing wealth as a public asset into homes that are warm, watertight and fit for the future.

Published 17 November 2016

Coalition calls for an end to scourge of Scotland’s cold homes

A coalition is urging the Scottish Government to substantially increase the funding available to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes ahead of a debate today in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 16 November 2016

Energy minister visits Castle Rock Edinvar’s integrated renewable energy project

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse joined representatives from thermal energy storage technology firm Sunamp and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association at an event to mark the successful completion of Phase 2 of a unique project that is already cutting fuel costs for over 2,000 residents across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Published 16 November 2016