The Scottish Government has announced an investment worth £2.67 million for district heating projects in a bid to help people cut energy bills and tackle fuel poverty.
District heating, the supply of heat to a number of buildings or homes from a central heat source, is expected to lead to greater fuel efficiency which means cheaper fuel bills for communities, public buildings and local businesses connected to the network.
The three projects will see a central boiler generate heat for a group of residents in a housing estate and a hospital, which is claimed to help save up to 25% on their bills.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “We are working towards reducing fuel poverty and bringing down heating bills for some of those who are most in need. That is good news for tenants in Glasgow and for our NHS in Fife and the low-carbon technology means it’s also better for the environment.
“It is the latest in a range of measures we are taking to help make low-cost, low-carbon heating technology more widely available for social and private housing.”