Gas boost for Midlothian

A £5 million scheme which could improve the energy efficiency of households in Midlothian has been unveiled by Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil.

The Gas Infill Loans Scheme will offer funding to individual home owners, local authorities, registered social landlords (RSLs) and other organisations working in partnership with their local Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centres in Midlothian to enable more Scottish households to connect to the gas grid.

This is one of the most cost-effective ways for households that rely on other energy sources, such as oil or electricity, to reduce energy bills, helping to tackle fuel poverty.

Figures suggest that more than 22,000 households in Scotland could be connected to the gas network through relatively simple, low-cost extension or infill schemes.

Under the scheme, individual households in Midlothian can apply for an interest free loan of up to £5,000 which can be repaid over a five year period.

Read full story in the September 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.