In an article published earlier this week in response to the latest fuel poverty statistics released by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said that now is the time for substantial investment in the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes.
David Stewart, SFHA Policy Manager calls for investment in multi-storey buildings and properties that are off grid which would benefit from biomass heating in a bid to battle a 4% rise in fuel poverty across Scotland.
“On the whole, housing associations have invested in measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation and in fitting central heating systems. What now needs to be tackled are the more expensive to treat properties, such as multi-storey buildings that require solid wall insulation, or properties that are off the gas network which would benefit from renewable heating such as biomass boilers or air source heat pumps.
“While there are examples of housing association schemes that tackle these issues, the funding is not available to roll them out nationwide, something which is desperately needed. A recent study found that fuel poverty in the Hebrides runs at 71% (3), so investment in rural, off-gas areas is vital. With energy prices expected to continue to rise in the coming years, we need to future proof our homes and insulate Scotland from fuel poverty and its negative impact on health.
Mr Stewart concluded:
“We have an opportunity to address the scourge of fuel poverty by prioritising investment in the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes. We know that investing in retrofit schemes cuts fuel bills, helps to address climate change and creates jobs and apprenticeships. We are, therefore, calling on the Scottish Government to make investment in the energy efficiency of existing homes a national infrastructure priority.”
At HWEnergy we have a long track record of working with housing associations and other housing providers to tackle fuel poverty through the introduction of biomass heating. Speak to us to find out more.
To read the full article visit www.sfha.org.uk