We have to move to having better insulated homes that require minimal heating. Aberdeenshire has been given £170,000 to bring 20 houses up to the 2016 building standards. That works out at £8,500 a home. That is a start but with over 100,000 houses in Aberdeenshire it is a drop in an ocean. We know what needs to be done - there is oodles of advice out there.
The problem is up front cost versus cost reduction later. We need a scheme where homes can be upgraded and the reduction in fuel costs is shared between paying back the cost and providing benefit to the household.
There is a win win win available.
- We can remove fuel poverty.
- We can reduce CO2 emissions.
- And we can have more comfortable homes.