Glasgow efficiency grants to include boiler replacements

A £5m fund to improve home energy efficiency

Glasgow City Council has outlined the beneficiaries of a £5 million fund to propel energy efficiency in buildings throughout the city. A number of housing associations and energy efficiency programmes have received money due to the scheme. The funds will help to improve home warmth and efficiency.

A report explaining how the £5m fund will be used throughout the rest of this financial year was presented to Glasgow City Council’s regeneration and economy committees.

The bulk of the money (£4.3m) will go to Home Energy Efficiency Programmes: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS-ABS) in Glasgow. They will use the money to carry out a large-scale home improvement initiatives in Haghill, Dennistoun, Riddrie, Priesthill, Milton and Greenfield.

New boilers, insulation and improved standards

Qualifying homes in these areas will receive new external and internal wall insulation, including hybrid insulation. As a result, they will become more energy efficient.

In addition, five housing associations which manage tenement housing in Glasgow were granted £340,000. These housing associations are: Cassiltoun, Elderpark, Govan, Maryhill, and Thenue. They are to use the money to improve their credentials for meeting the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

Govan Housing Association will invest its share of the money in boiler replacements for 16 of its rented accommodations. Maryhill Housing Association has even more noteworthy plans, installing 20 new central heating systems across its property portfolio.

The Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) also received a £640,000 cut from the available £5m. The money will go towards new insulation installation on pre-1919 tenement buildings.

The programme will also use a chunk of the grant on heating and insulation for the new Linthaugh Nursery, in Rosshall, and Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands, an important community centre.

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, commented: “These programmes deliver real and lasting social and economic benefits to many people across Glasgow, saving money on fuel bills, bringing warmer homes, and cutting emissions.”

Further funding

The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland scheme made the funds available. It is to distribute up to £16m per year, over a seven year period, throughout the Scottish regions. This will pay for upgrading social housing and to improve the nation’s energy efficiency.