Social landlords and tenants’ experience of renewable heat
A significant minority of consumers in Scotland do not use mains gas to heat their homes. Of these, the largest single group, 353,000 use electric heating. Some 135,000 households use heating oil; 18,000 use liquid petroleum gas (LPG), and 33,000 use solid fuel (coal or wood) as their main source of heating. While prices of all heating fuels have risen sharply in recent years, off-gas fuels, particularly heating oil and LPG, are signifcantly more expensive per unit of heat than mains gas, and heating oil prices in particular are very volatile.