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Energy efficiency grant for Keith homes

Date Added - 12/12/12

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A number of homes in Keith will have their energy bills slashed thanks to a pioneering £285,000 grant awarded to Moray Council to combat fuel poverty.

The 80 properties, all in Mar Court, will be the first in Scotland to benefit from the Scottish Government’s National Retrofit Programme and will have  insulated cladding fitted to exteriors of walls.

The programme aims to tackle fuel poverty by offering a range of free or discounted heating and home insulation measures to people living in older homes across Scotland who struggle with fuel poverty.

Convener of Moray Council and local Member, Cllr Stewart Cree, welcomed the news.

“The design of these properties has prevented conventional insulation measures to be undertaken, such as cavity wall treatment.

“That means it costs a lot more to bring these homes up to a reasonable insulation standard and prevent heat from being lost.

“I am delighted the council has been successful in attracting this money, as once completed this work should save a good amount on the resident’s energy bills, which can only be a good thing.”

The properties qualify for the funding because they are classified as ‘hard to treat’.

This means they are unsuitable for cavity wall insulation and require external insulation cladding to improve their energy efficiency. Both Council and owner-occupied properties at Mar Court are eligible for funding.

It is expected that the Government’s contribution will be topped up by money from the energy company obligation element of the Green Deal. Under this obligation, energy companies are required fund energy efficiency measures to the homes of fuel poor households and hard to treat properties.

The Council will soon be talking to the residents at Mar Court about their participation in the insulation project and the benefits they will gain from it in terms of saving money on fuel bills. Work should start on site in March 2013.

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