140,000 Scottish households more energy efficient since 2008

New figures have shown that around 140,000 households in Scotland have become more energy efficient since 2008.

£24 on average is saved on fuel bills by households per year and 55 per cent of households in Scotland now live in homes with an good energy rating based on all energy use in the house, up six per cent from 2008.

Based on the quality of the fabric of the building 66 per cent of households show a good energy rating in Scotland compared to 45 per cent in England and CO2 emissions have reduced by 0.2 tonnes per year per home.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said: "What is extremely worrying is that soaring energy prices have led to an increase in the number of people spending more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills."

"It is within the gift of the UK government and Ofgem to ensure prices are fair and transparent - they must ensure they are doing that and that consumers are not being treated unfairly."

Further information:
Scottish Government