Scotland outdoes rest of UK in energy efficiency projects

More than 58,000 energy efficiency measures were installed in homes across Scotland last year – a higher proportion than the rest of the UK. Quarterly statistics published by DECC show […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

More than 58,000 energy efficiency measures were installed in homes across Scotland last year – a higher proportion than the rest of the UK.

Quarterly statistics published by DECC show 58,058 loft and wall insulation and new boilers were installed in Scottish homes between January and December 2013 as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

That’s 24.5 measures installed for every 1,000 homes in Scotland compared to 20.5 in the UK.

Power companies are required to install energy efficiency measures under ECO, which aims to tackle fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Thousands of homes across Scotland have become warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to the Scottish government’s support for delivery of energy efficiency schemes.

“In total, the Scottish government will spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds over a three-year period on fuel poverty and energy efficiency… While we have managed to help thousands of households in Scotland to have warmer, more energy efficient homes, with independence we would be able to change the way energy efficiency is funded to help even more people.”

A total of 528,886 measures were installed under ECO throughout the UK last year.