Funding and support to make your home more energy efficient

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Often the cost of making energy efficient home improvements can put people off taking action. That's why the Scottish Government have put in place a range of funding and support to help householders reduce their bills and save energy.

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The Scottish Government funded Home Energy Scotland advice service provides clear, free and impartial advice on how you can make your home more energy efficient.

They'll check what funding you're entitled to, such as an interest-free loan with cashback or help worth up to £5000 to cover the cost of installing energy efficiency and zero emissions heating measures. Call them free on 0808 808 2282 to find out how you can reduce your heating bills and save energy.

Contact Home Energy Scotland today for funding and support - there's something available for everyone.

Find out more about the loans and schemes on offer to help with the installation of energy efficiency and zero emissions heating measures:

Interest free loans

Interest-free loans with cashback of up to 75% are available for a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new low or zero emissions heating system. Loan offers are valid for 6 months.

What you can borrow depends on what improvement or installation you want. They’re grouped into two types: energy efficiency improvements and renewables systems (including energy storage systems and district heating scheme connections) and must be recommended on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

Interest free loans are available of up to £15,000 for home energy efficiency improvements, up to £17,500 for up to two home renewables systems per home, plus up to a maximum of £6,000 for an energy storage system. Homeowners can also receive 40% of their loan (up to a maximum of £6000) in cash back for certain energy efficiency improvements once the measure has been installed.

If the loan is for under £5,000 you can choose a repayment time period of up to 5-years. If the loan amount is £5,000- £9,999 you can spread the repayments over up to 10-years and if the loan is more than £10,000 you can spread the payments over up to 12-years.

To make an application, call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or request a callback. You must contact Home Energy Scotland personally to get impartial advice about your home, which will help decide the best options for you. Third parties, for example installers or letting agents, can't apply on your behalf.


Homeowners can receive in cash back for certain energy efficiency improvements

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Warmer Home Scotland

Warmer Homes Scotland helps vulnerable people make their homes warmer, more comfortable and affordable to heat by installing a range of energy efficient measures, including low and zero emissions heating systems. This also helps reduce carbon emissions and gets us on our way to becoming net zero.

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Help is offered to homeowners and some private rented sector tenants who are struggling to heat their homes, provided they have lived in their property for at least 12 months, and also meet the qualifying criteria. 

If you’ve previously received support from a Scottish Government energy efficiency programme, you may still be eligible for help from Warmer Homes Scotland.

For more information about Warmer Homes Scotland, and to check if you qualify, contact Home Energy Scotland for free on 0808 808 2282 and an energy advisor will be happy to assist you.

Area Based Scheme

Every local council in Scotland designs and delivers their own Area Based Scheme to reflect local housing and tackle fuel poverty. You may be invited to have solid wall insulation installed in your home as part of a local project or contacted about a range of other improvements suitable for your home. The Scottish Government are working with your Local Authority to improve and extend the help we provide through local schemes, offering whole house retrofits for those households in the least energy efficient properties.

Who can apply?

Local Authorities update their plans each year and whether you can participate in a local scheme will depend on your area and postcode. Many Local Authorities are able to offer help to households throughout their entire council area, others will focus on local projects benefitting whole communities, such as blocks of flats and terraced homes. 

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How do I apply?

To find out what support is on offer in your area and when, call Home Energy Scotland for free on 0808 808 2282. Home Energy Scotland is a free and impartial advice service that is backed by the Scottish Government to provide advice and help people have a warmer, more comfortable home and help lower fuel bills.