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Landlords 'could boost insulation savings with boiler scheme'

Landlords in Scotland who have installed thermal insulation to reduce heat loss from their properties could be among those to benefit from a new government scheme to replace inefficient boilers.

Housing and communities minister Alex Neil told the Scottish Association of Landlords conference in Edinburgh that the scrappage programme will provide up to £400 cash-back to cover the cost of replacing G-rated models.

As many as 750 landlords are expected to benefit from the scheme, he added.

According to the minister, replacing a G-rated boiler with a modern, energy efficient design can reduce household heating costs by a quarter.

For a three-bedroom, semi-detached house, that equates to a saving of around £225 a year.

This is on top of the £145 that can be shaved off annual bills by fitting the same type of house with the recommended 270 mm of loft insulation, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

"With winter setting in it's a good time to ensure there is a good boiler in a property to keep fuel bills low," Mr Neil said.

Vouchers for the scrappage scheme will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.