Scottish island trials £550k insulation scheme

Homeowners on the Scottish island Orkney will be able to access loans of up £15,000 pounds for solid wall insulation in a new scheme to challenge fuel poverty. It’s part […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Homeowners on the Scottish island Orkney will be able to access loans of up £15,000 pounds for solid wall insulation in a new scheme to challenge fuel poverty. It’s part of a £550,000 pilot scheme to cut energy bills, which launches this Autumn.

The tiny, popular tourist destination off the north coast of Scotland is being targeted because many of the homes are off the gas grid and so have higher heating costs.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “By tackling areas off the gas grid, the pilot will tackle fuel poverty and help householders cut their bills. Solid wall insulation on a large scale has to be part of that.”