Improved energy efficiency standards help cut bills for social tenants


Enhanced energy efficiency standards have helped achieve significantly lower bills for social tenants in Scotland, the Scottish government has been able to reveal recently.

In 2014 the Scottish Government set the first energy efficiency standard for social housing, to be achieved by 2020, and 80% of social rented homes are already compliant.

A new standard, launched today, will build on this success and sets an even higher standard of energy efficiency for social housing to meet by 2032.

The Scottish Government has also announced £17.6 million loan funding to support householders in 2019-20 to make their homes more energy efficient.

Last year, 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6 million on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the Scottish Government’s schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“A warm, safe home gives people a greater sense of wellbeing and saves them money.

“Importantly, by achieving the new standard social landlords will reduce poor energy efficiency to reach our fuel poverty targets and contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitious climate change emissions reductions targets.

“Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first energy efficiency milestone and I am confident that they will continue to lead the way in making our homes warmer and greener.

“The additional £3.5 million funding provided through the second round of the Decarbonisation Fund will help further landlords’ progress, encouraging innovative approaches and ideas.”

HeatingSave – the easy to retrofit Building Management System (BMS) that can help landlords and tenants save energy and money

The HeatingSave Building Energy Management System helps customers save more than 30% on their bills by optimizing any heating system’s overall functionality. This is done by taking into account a variety of factors, such as internal and external temperatures, occupancy, time of the year, the particular characteristics of installed boilers, etc.

All of the data is used in order to determine the best heating patterns for the various heating zones within any building, using our proprietary heat-loss algorithm.

HeatingSave is also approved to work and save fuel within the Energy Technology List, which is managed by the Carbon Trust on behalf of the Government. It is also approved by the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the Energy Savings Trust and was specified by the Building Research Establishment for the energy efficient homes retro-fit program, called The Greenhouse Project.

Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to mention that HeatingSave is a component part of the Government’s Green Deal program.

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