SES saves Abertay residents up to £460 on energy bills

SES saves Abertay residents up to £460 on energy bills

A group of Abertay Housing Association tenants have benefitted from a reduction in annual heating bills thanks to the work of a Dundee-based energy efficiency installation contractor.

Tenants in more than 80 homes in the Fintry area of the city were struggling to pay rising fuel bills in dwellings suffering from damp and condensation.

Sustainable Energy Scotland Ltd was contracted to install internal wall insulation in a venture partially funded by £250,000 from the Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme, saving the residents up to £460 each.

As authorised Green Deal assessors and installers, SES can access funding for clients from a range of energy efficiency projects.

Prior to the works a typical house in Cheviot Crescent had a standard assessment procedure rating of 50 and a wall energy efficiency rating of 1 (poor).

These readings were below energy efficiency standards for social housing, which stipulate a SAP rating of 65 by 2020 for electrically heated flats and 69 for gas heated flats.

After the works the flat achieved a SAP rating of 71 with a wall energy efficiency rating of 4 (good) — measurements that across the board equate to an annual saving of £460 per home.

Thanks to Government-driven energy efficient grants, Sustainable Energy Scotland has now insulated around 750 homes within Dundee and Angus.

The company is completing a further 120 homes for Abertay and Fairfield Housing Co-Operative in Perth, part funded by the Energy Saving Trustand Scottish Government grants of up to £500,000 which the company supported the landlords in securing.

Managing director Callum Milne told The Courier: “To be able to help local landlords secure such high levels of funding to facilitate them improving their houses, helping their tenants save money, and helping us to create jobs and training opportunities locally is a win-win-win situation which we hope to build on.

“Our relationships with Abertay, Fairfield and a growing number of housing associations and councils across the region and beyond are a key priority for SES and is testament to our high-quality capabilities.

“SES has now secured a role in delivering flagship council-driven and Scottish Government funded energy efficiency services in Angus and Ayrshire, which demonstrates the company’s reputation, capability and ambition.

“This takes us into a whole new level and we are proud that so early in our story we have shown we are able to compete for and win such high-profile and important work in the public sector.”

He added: “We remain independent in terms of securing Eco funds, and this means we can shop around for the best rates for our clients.

“We have made a substantial investment in our administration capabilities, building the team to process the grant claims for our clients, and this stands us in good stead compared to many of our competitors.”

Householders in Scotland can now apply for cashback of up to £7,300 by carrying out necessary energy efficiency measures such as boiler upgrades and building insulations.

A total of £15m has been marked out for the scheme that runs to the end of this year.

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