A HEATING system which is currently cutting costs for hundreds renters in Glasgow is the future, according to ecological campaigners. A district heating plan, where one large boiler heats water pumped to radiators in numerous homes, cuts expenses and conserves energy.
Ecological group WWF Scotland and academic scientists have called on the Scottish Government to invest in the programs and move far from specific family boilers. Cube Housing tenants and owners in Wyndford in Maryhill are already using an award winning communal scheme.
It offers heating and hot water for 1500 tenants and 300 house owners with reported savings of approximately 40% on energy expenses.
The program won a Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) UK award for its advantages for tenants.
At the time of winning the award, Liz Ruine, Chair of Cube Housing, said: The estate has been transformed with renters and homeowners not just cutting their fuel expenses but also doing their bit for the environment.
Another job is underway in Broomhill where another 600 homes will be linked to a regional energy centre.
Around 4,500 meters of pipework will link each of the 18-storey and eight-storey blocks to the centre.
WWF said Scotland needs to increase its share of heating form renewable to fulfill climate modification targets and district heating can assist.
Dr Sam Gardner, head of policy at WWF Scotland, said: "At present less than 4% of Scotland's heat need is provided by renewable, with just 1% by district heating.
"Independent research recommends this figure has to leap to 40% by 2030 if we're to satisfy our climate targets.
District heating is popular in Scandinavia and the Netherlands where managed schemes bring in federal government investment, a system the advocate’s desire replicated in Scotland.
It means ditching family boilers and utilizing huge shared boilers instead.
Cube Housing Association, part of Wheatley Group, concurred district heating can bring benefits.
A spokesperson said: District heating schemes offer low-priced, energy-efficient heating and warm water, making homes warmer and cutting fuel bills.
The Greens likewise back regulation and investment via a Warm Homes Bill and are motivating the Scottish Government to act.
Mark Ruskell, energy representative, stated: District heater are commonplace in other European nations, and Scottish ministers would do well to target capital investment at such schemes.
"Scotland has to capture up rapidly if we're to meet our passions for a low-carbon society, deal with fuel poverty and produce high quality jobs."
A Scottish Government spokesperson, said: "Community energy represents tremendous capacity to empower people and can assist deal with some of our many pushing problems including fuel poverty, increasing expenses and security of supply, while it can likewise support Scotland's efforts to cut destructive greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scottish Government has put in location a wide variety of support to empower neighborhoods to take control of their local energy use and supply, including the announcement of 10 million to fund nine district heating jobs.