Home energy and fuel poverty

Heating and cooling our homes and businesses costs £2.6 billion a year and accounts for approximately half of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.

Challenging weather, poor energy efficiency in the home and reduced heating options (especially in rural areas) can make fuel bills unaffordable, resulting in fuel poverty.

Energy efficiency has been designated a national priority. It is key to meeting our ambitious climate change targets and to tackling fuel poverty.

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Background

It's important that the buildings we live in can be kept cool enough in summer and warm enough in winter. But many of the energy sources used to power Scotland's homes are a limited resource, and for lots of people, keeping their home warm enough costs more than they can afford.

We believe that everyone should be able to afford to keep their home warm in winter, and have committed to working with homeowners, landlords and tenants to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

By using more efficient, low-carbon sources of heating and making sure that buildings are properly insulated, the energy used to heat or cool our homes stays inside. This means more comfortable homes and less energy wasted for everyone. We are particularly keen to make sure that people who need their heating most aren't worried about turning it on because they can't afford their bills.

Scotland’s Heat in buildings strategy sets out our vision for warm, high quality, low-carbon homes and a route map for how we will achieve it.

Contact

Email: Central Enquiries Unit ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 5528

Post:
Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow G2 8LU

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