Edinburgh -- A cash boost of £400 000 ($640 000) will extend a scheme which is already helping 200 000 Scottish homes beat fuel poverty this winter.
Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, announced the £400 000 for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS) loan fund, which offers interest free loans in UHIS areas for more expensive insulation measures including renewables and boiler replacement to improve energy efficiency.
The cash tops up the £12.5 million put into the scheme by the Scottish Government in September.
Talking to the Energy Action Scotland Conference in Clydebank, Neil said: "This funding injection allows us to continue the great work being done through UHIS and widen our measures to try to keep families from falling into fuel poverty.
"It is a disgrace that anyone should suffer from fuel poverty in an energy- rich nation like Scotland. Price hikes by energy companies continue to undermine the Scottish Government's attempts to lift people out of fuel poverty.
"We continue to do everything we can with the powers available to us to invest in efficient schemes like UHIS and strive to end this blight."
Fuel poverty is defined as spending 10 percent or more of household income on domestic fuel bills.