Further £5m to cut energy bills in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s district heating loan fund is making available £5 million to help towards low carbon affordable heating. The government is inviting councils, social landlords and SMEs to apply […]

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By Taryn Nixon

The Scottish Government’s district heating loan fund is making available £5 million to help towards low carbon affordable heating.

The government is inviting councils, social landlords and SMEs to apply for the next round of funding over the next three months.

Since 2011, the fund which is managed by the Energy Saving Trust, has provided more than £7 million in loans to applicants across Scotland.

Mike Thornton of the Energy Saving Trust said: “This next round of funding is the largest yet, so we want to encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of the scheme. However, the funding round closes at the end of May 2015, so there is no time to waste!

“Since 2011, loans of more than £7 million have been made to 33 different projects across the country. As a direct result, 7000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere will be saved each year and this amounts to a massive 175,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved over the lifetime of the projects.”