Dundee housing convener visits energy efficiency project

A Dundee city councillor has visited an £3.5 million energy efficiency project being delivered by SSE in the city’s Woodside area.John Alexander, convener of Dundee City Council’s housing committee, met homeowners David and Anne Keen, who live in Woodside Terrace, and whose house has benefitted from external insulation.

The project is being funded by Dundee City Council under the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Area Based Schemes (HEEPS-ABS) and SSE’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

John Alexander and resident Mr Keen

External wall insulation systems can save up to 45 per cent of the heat loss from a home and can result in an average reduction in fuel bills of up to £460 a year.John Casey, SSE Energy Solutions’ head of operations, said: “We’re proud to be working with Dundee City Council on such a successful energy efficiency programme. Work like this makes a real difference to peoples’ lives - making their homes easier to heat, reducing their fuel bills and improving their community’s appearance.

“Many more Dundee residents are set to benefit from the programme this year and that’s something I think we can all be proud of.”

The external wall insulation programme has included sites at Lawton, Graham Street, Arklay Street, Hilltown and Clepington Road.

Councillor Alexander added: “Through our partnership with the Scottish Government and SSE we are using £3.5 million of Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland money to put in external wall insulation at more than 600 council and privately owned tenements and four in a block properties.

“We are doing all we can to ensure that people in Dundee have energy efficient homes which they can afford to heat and hundreds have already reaped the rewards of a more fuel effective house.

“It has been fantastic to see the work completed already in a number of areas because as well as bringing obvious financial benefits to residents it also made a positive visual impact on the environment.”

All tenants, home owners and landlords in the areas included in the programme receive a letter before work starts, and to be included owners and landlords must sign up to the scheme.

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