Scots want more money spent on boosting energy efficiency in homes
Many people in Scotland are in favour of stepping up investment in energy efficient upgrades for houses.
According to a study commissioned by WWF Scotland, nearly seven in ten Scots want the government to offer more in the way of subsidised loans, grants and other schemes to reduce the carbon output of people's homes.
Figures also showed that many people feel this is a matter of urgency. Indeed, nearly nine in ten respondents said they want cold homes to be a thing of the past in Scotland within a decade.
This could potentially prompt policymakers to place more of a focus on equipping homes with energy efficient features such as draught proofing and cavity wall insulation in the coming years.
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, commented: "It’s great to know that the majority of Scots support the idea of increased investment in improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s ageing housing.
"Improving energy efficiency will help lift people out of fuel poverty and improve their health, stimulate the economy, create jobs and cut our climate change emissions."
Mr Banks said the Scottish government already has the powers it needs to enhance the quality of the country's residential properties.
As a result, he believes ministers simply need to commit to addressing the situation, especially as almost 748,000 households in Scotland are still living in fuel poverty.
"The results of our poll show the majority of Scots believe this isn’t good enough and want to see more being done to end the scourge of cold, damp homes," Mr Banks added.