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Energy Efficiency

This page will provide information on how the Council is investing to make homes more energy efficient

What are we doing?

West Lothian Council are committed to improving the energy efficiency of the housing in West Lothian in order to provide tenants and owners with reduced energy bills whilst reducing the carbon footprint of their homes.  We are proactively working on projects that will help those living in fuel poverty reduce their fuel costs which improving energy efficiency helps to do - this forms part of the councils strategy and commitment to addressing poverty in West Lothian.

A number of the councils houses are classed as "Non-Traditional" which unlike traditional brick built homes have poorer insulation properties and are less efficient to heat.  As a result we are actively looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of these properties - one of which is External Wall Insulation (EWI).

The Scottish Government will require all social housing properties in Scotland to meet a minimum Energy Efficiency rating under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) by 2020 and this is an influence on our development and investment strategy for our housing.

What can you do?

Private home owners and council tenants are encouraged to improve the energy efficiency of their properties where they can, as this will help lead to a reduction in their energy bills and carbon footprint.  There is a number of different ways that you can help improve energy efficiency - for more help and advice on how to take control of energy bills and save energy contact the Advice Shop.

Information on Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS)
Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures.
The Home Energy Scotland loan scheme is funded by the Scottish Government aimed at owner occupiers and is currently open to new applicants.
The UK Government has introduced incentive schemes which provide financial payment to encourage the installation of renewable technology installations.
The top ten energy saving tips that can help you to reduce your energy consumption
Better Off is the West Lothian Community Planning Partnership's strategy for tackling poverty, including fuel poverty, in West Lothian.
The council has published an ECO Flex Statement of Intent in order to allow more households to access Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to support making energy efficiency improvements to their homes.