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Cost issue over 'green' devices

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The cost of solar panels put people off installing them

Three quarters of Scots would consider fitting a solar panel or other renewable technology to their home but are put off by the cost, a report says.

The Energy Saving Trust in Scotland said people were becoming more aware of energy use around the home.

Initial costs start at about £4,800 but grants are available and long-term savings could be major, the trust said.

It said there had been a 1,000% rise in the uptake of home renewables grants over the past six years.

The research surveyed 1,025 people in Scotland and found 74% would consider fitting technology such as a solar panel to their home but were put off by the perceived cost.

Planning permission

However, seven in 10 did not know that grants were available.

Mike Thornton, Scotland director of the Energy Saving Trust, said: "People like the idea of generating their own energy, and if they only knew they could get help to meet the costs, they might be more likely to install the technology.

"Once installed, these technologies can save hundreds of pounds on utility bills every year, while providing a more sustainable lifestyle."

"Home renewables are also attractive to homebuyers so any investment made could add to the value of a property."

The survey also said people were put off home renewables by concerns about planning permission (28 per cent).

And their biggest motivation for installing the technologies would be to save money.

The trust said the average costs of installing home renewable technology were: £4,800 for solar water heating, £9,500 for air source heat pumps, £11,000 for wood-fuelled boilers and £14,000 for ground source heat pumps.

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