Scotland is spending £9 million on energy efficiency measures to tackle fuel poverty.
Struggling homes and businesses across 11 local authority areas will be warmer and cheaper to heat as a result of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund.
Councils will use the funding to test out new and innovative ways to reduce energy bills, keep people warm and combat climate change.
These pilot projects will help shape the structure of a wider SEEP rollout to be delivered from 2018.
Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “By taking a coordinated approach to improving buildings across the commercial, public and industrial sectors we are not only boosting the economy but will be able to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions which will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.
“This is part of our overall investment of over £1 billion by 2021 in energy efficiency which aims to make homes and buildings warmer, improve health outcomes and create a supply chain across all of Scotland which will support around 4,000 jobs a year once the programme is fully operational.”