Fife Council commits £2.6m for warmer homes

fife_councilFife Council is to spend £2.6 million on making local homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat.

The council will undertake a number of projects across Fife to install energy saving measures as part of the Scottish Government’s programme to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in the home.

A variety of measures will be available including external, cavity wall and loft insulation. Insulation can significantly reduce heat loss from the home while lowering heating bills. About a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls and a quarter of heat is lost through the roof. For example, installing external wall insulation could save the householder around £260 a year on their heating bill.

Alan Russell, senior manager, housing service, said: “Fife Council is delighted to receive these funds from the Scottish Government, so that we can continue to improve the lives of people across Fife by making their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. I am particularly pleased that we will be working in partnership with the charity Changeworks and installing insulation in the homes of people who are at risk of fuel poverty.”

The council will be running insulation projects in the following areas this year (2015-16):

  • Woodmill and Touch in Dunfermline
  • Kirkcaldy Valley East
  • Kirkcaldy Templehall North
  • Overton
  • Anstruther
  • In addition, the council will run area wide projects on hard to treat cavity wall insulation – where the property is higher than three storeys, the cavity has been identified as narrow, or the insulation installed has failed.

    The council work in partnership with Home Energy Scotland, the free impartial advice service.

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