New energy efficiency standard to save social housing tenants £210 a year
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing
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The Scottish government has launched a new energy efficiency standard that it believes will save social housing tenants money on their household fuel bills.
Tenants whose homes meet the new energy efficiency standard for social housing (EESSH) could save an estimated average of £210 per year on their energy bills, the government says.
Raising energy efficiency ratings from the existing Scottish housing quality standard to the new EESSH standard is anticipated to save around £130 million in fuel costs in Scotland each year.
It is also expected to reduce annual carbon emissions from housing by 760Kt CO2 - more than the annual emissions from all the households in Aberdeen and Dundee combined.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess, who will launch the standard during a visit to a housing association development in Linwood today, said: “Achieving the new EESSH is expected to save social housing tenants £210 annually on average, helping to reduce the impact of rising energy prices.
“In addition to helping to reduce fuel poverty, the EESSH will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute towards ambitious climate change targets."
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has called for European Union funds to be allocated to social landlords in order for them to meet the standards.
David Stewart, SFHA policy manager, said: “Our main concern is the cost that members will incur through paying for the necessary improvements to meet the standards – our members are already facing significant financial challenges such as the effects of the UK government’s welfare reforms on their incomes.
"The proposed changes to the energy company obligation - which would see the UK government relaxing the commitment that at present ensures companies deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic energy users – could have serious implications for the funding of EESSH.
“We are therefore calling on the Scottish government to look at drawing in other sources of funding, such as European Union grants. This will help our members to meet their obligations and reduce the amount of tenants living in fuel poverty.”