Section 7: HEEPS Delivery Since 2013
The HEEPS programme has, since 2013, helped make a significant contribution to the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling fuel poverty. Circa 150,000 households now live in homes which are warmer and more cost effective to heat as a result of the measures installed and the effects of these changes will benefit households for many years to come.
Over the lifetime of the measures installed these Scottish households will cumulatively save over £936.1 million pounds in their fuel bills and over 3.4 million tonnes of CO2. The Scottish Government's investment in HEEPS between 2013 and 2019 is now over £635 m.
Similar levels of ECO have also been invested in this period resulting in overall investment in tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency in Scotland in excess of £900 million.
Many households have benefited from multiple interventions including the installation of measures, advice on reducing fuel bills, tariff switching and income maximisation. This package of assistance will help make a significant contribution to immediate and long-term reductions in fuel bills and to households enjoying warmer homes
The HEEPS programme also helps towards the Scottish Government meeting its climate change targets by reducing CO2 emissions and we know that our advice and support service helps households save on their fuel bills.
We continue to take a cross-cutting approach, including working with the health sector to promote the support available to tackle fuel poverty. Through Home Energy Scotland we have prioritised increasing the number of referral pathways to the support we offer from health related organisations. More households, particularly those where a person is especially at risk of suffering adverse effects of living in a cold home, get the help they need.
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