Investment to help reduce fuel poverty

Nearly £18 million will be invested in Aberdeenshire to help reduce fuel poverty for people living in private and council properties.

Investment in external wall insulation and loft insulation will help lower fuel costs for residents.

The energy efficiency measures, which could make improvements to more than 2,300 properties, were considered recently by the policy and resources committee.

Members heard that the council has been awarded £4.4 million from the Scottish Government towards improving energy efficiency in private sector housing.

The funding from the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS), will be primarily dedicated to external wall insulation projects in areas most at risk of fuel poverty.

Through the HEEBS:ABS scheme, council officers are also working to access Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding which is available for energy efficiency measures in both private sector and council properties.