SOME 50 homes – from a target 166 – have had external insulation fitted to them, in the Oxgangs area of Edinburgh, to make them much more energy-efficient.
Funding totalling £1.9m is being provided by the Scottish Government through its Energy Efficient Scotland: Area-Based Scheme.
The work is being carried out by the local authority, in association with environmental charity, Changeworks.
Says a council news release, here: “The schemes in Oxgangs are helping households make major improvements to their home at a significantly lowered cost. Some households even qualify to have the work done for free, completely removing the financial burden for households at a time when that relief could not be more needed. Installing insulation makes it cheaper and easier to heat the home, meaning householders can expect to save on their heating bills.
“The EES:ABS scheme is open to private householders and mixed-tenure blocks have been targeted too, benefitting both social housing tenants and private householders. The council is directly funding the works to council homes.”
There are four other retrofit schemes in Edinburgh, which form part of the EES:ABS 2022/23 programme. These include an external wall insulation and solar PV scheme in Gilmerton, a fabric improvement programme in Murrayburn and Drumbryden, a citywide internal wall insulation roll out and hard-to-treat cavity and solar PV works across the EH16 and EH17 postcode areas.
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