Glasgow City Council's Regeneration and the Economy Committee recently considered a report on the city's 2016/17 programmes for affordable warmth and energy efficiency in Glasgow. Over £5million will be allocated to these three programmes over the course of the current financial year.
Over £4.3million for home energy efficiency programmes (HEEPS-ABS) was allocated to projects such as the installation of external wall insulation and a hybrid insulation to both internal and external walls in a number of areas, including Haghill, Dennistoun, Riddrie, Priesthill, Milton and Greenfield.
Another programme was the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), a national scheme from the Scottish Government, with £620,400 going to projects such as wall insulation on pre-1919 tenements; upgraded insulation and building fabric, as well as a new heating system for Linthaugh Nursery in Rosshall; connecting (opening in 2017) Dalmarnock Nursery School to the energy centre at the Athletes' Village; and the installation of wall insulation and a heating upgrade at the Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands centre, where 32 community and care organisations provide services and activities for over 600 people each week.
Another £340,000 has been made available to five housing associations in Glasgow to allow them to meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). The housing associations are: Maryhill (central heating replacement for 20 homes); Cassiltoun (window replacement for 10 homes); Thenue (external wall insulation for 19 homes); Govan (boiler replacement for 16 homes); and Elderpark (external wall insulation for 15 homes).
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "These programmes deliver real and lasting social and economic benefits to many people across Glasgow, saving money on fuel bills, bringing warmer homes, and cutting emissions. The city also enjoys an additional economic boost from these projects with local firms and people being employed to work on these contracts."
The following figures (from the Energy Saving Trust) illustrate the savings that can be made through these programmes: a flat receiving external wall insulation will achieve annual savings of £145; replacement boilers will lead to savings of between £35-215 annually, dependent on property type; and replacement windows in a flat will generate savings of between £40-50 a year.