Energy efficiency drive sees cheaper bills for almost 900 South Ayrshire homes

(from left) South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for housing and customer services, Councillor Philip Saxton, Andrew Filby (Energy Agency), Councillor Peter Convery, SAC executive manager people directorate, Chris Carroll (SAC), Councillor Craig Mackay

Hundreds of poorly insulated properties in South Ayrshire are benefitting from lower running costs thanks to an ongoing energy efficiency drive.

South Ayrshire Council is now on site to enhance properties in Troon, which is the latest area to benefit in 2018 following similar work in Ayr and Tarbolton.

In the past two years, nearly 900 homes across South Ayrshire have either had external insulation fitted to their homes or are in the process of having the work done. Tenants and owners benefit from greater insulation at no personal cost, with savings of £200 per year expected to be delivered through improved energy efficiency.

The latest work will benefit 104 properties on Brown Avenue, Donald Crescent and Logan Drive in Troon. Other locations that have already benefitted include Ayr, Girvan, Prestwick, Tarbolton and Troon as part of a £6 million energy efficiency project. The improvements are being funded by South Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland, and in partnership with the Energy Agency.

Councillor Philip Saxton, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for housing and customer services, said the investment was already making a difference: “We’re committed to making lives better for people, and helping to reduce household running costs  is a great way for people to save money.

“We’ve been working hard across South Ayrshire to put new external insulation in place and while the work is designed to make homes more energy efficient, it also helps to improve living conditions and health, while enhancing the look of neighbourhoods.

“The programme is set to continue this year and I’m sure people have already seen the results for themselves with pristine looking homes helping to breathe new life into our communities.”

A breakdown of the areas where the work was carried out can be found here.