A GREEN grant scheme has been extended to local authorites and social landlords.
The Green Homes Cashback scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust, was launched in November 2012 by the Scottish Government to give householders cash back towards the cost of measures to make their homes greener.
The scheme has now been extended so that Moray Council and the other 31 local authorities can apply for a grant of up to £1 million, along with registered social landlords.
The money must be put towards making energy saving upgrades such as installing insulation and new boilers.
Up to £1200 is available per home, so local authorities and housing associations could help more than 800 of their tenants save money on their fuel bills this winter while enhancing the value of their housing stock.
Green upgrades funded under the scheme include: insulation; a new boiler; glazing; fitting low energy lighting and new heating controls. The money is available on a first come first served basis.
Mike Thornton, director, Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “This is a great opportunity for local authorities and housing associations to get up to £1m cashback towards the cost of greening their housing stock and, most importantly, reducing fuel bills for their tenants.”
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing added: “Fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in an energy rich country like Scotland. It is our belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat.”
The scheme is still open for private householders to apply by phoning 0808 808 2282or by loggin on to www.homeenergyscotland.org