Households urged to apply for £ 5,000 ‘green’ grant to help cut fuel bills and save energy this winter


The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £ 18million will be made available this year to help households put energy efficiency measures in place and lower their heating bills, bringing the full aid offered through Home Energy Scotland to £ 50million over 2021/2022.

People are welcome to seek help and advice from Home Energy Scotland to help make their homes warmer and lower their heating bills, on average up to £ 300.

Financial aid of up to £ 5,000 is also available to make houses more energy efficient through upgrades such as house insulation, double glazing or a new heating system.

The Warmer Homes Scotland program offers home improvements such as insulation, secondary glazing or a new heating system

Home Energy Scotland also supports households with practical advice and, where appropriate, installs energy efficiency measures – making homes more energy efficient and saving money.

Zero Carbon Buildings Minister Patrick Harvie said: “As colder weather returns and given the concern over rising energy bills, we want to make sure people are aware of the support available to keep their home warm this winter. “

He continued: “Home Energy Scotland offers advice, support and funding to help people make energy saving improvements, helping them reduce their energy costs. Free, unbiased advice and support is available to anyone concerned about paying their energy bills, and we urge those struggling with their fuel bills to contact Home Energy Scotland.

Recent research from Home Energy Scotland shows that 70% of Scots are concerned about rising energy bills, with almost two-thirds using more energy than usual in the first 12 months of the pandemic.

Research also found that 59% of Scots have already noticed a worrying increase in their energy bills.

Home Energy Scotland manager Harry Mayers said: “Some 24,000 households across the country have already benefited from new energy efficiency measures, such as a new heating system or new insulation, by contacting Home Energy Scotland. But with people spending more time at home in the past 18 months due to the coronavirus, energy use has been higher than ever.

“So we want to be able to help even more people make energy efficient improvements to their homes.

A home that isn’t well insulated can lose over 50% of its heat through its roof and walls, so making improvements can help your finances and make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and cheaper to heat.

What is the Warmer Homes Scotland program?

Scottish government Warmer Homes Scotland Program provides financing and support to households struggling to stay warm and control their energy bills.

Who is the program for?

Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy efficient retrofits.

The Scottish Government offers support to private sector homeowners and tenants who have difficulty heating their homes, have lived in their property for at least 12 months and meet the eligibility criteria.

What is available through the program?

The proposed improvements will depend on a study of the property.

Appraisers will come to your home to study it and recommend appropriate upgrades which could include a range of insulation and heating and in most cases all costs will be borne by the Scottish Government.

It is important to note that all home improvements funded by Warmer Homes Scotland must be managed by the licensed installer.

In some cases, a customer contribution will be required for certain more expensive upgrades, such as solid wall insulation.

An interest-free loan is available to help cover the costs of the customer’s contribution. The loan, which is managed by the Energy Saving Trust, is subject to a credit check, and successful loans will include an administration fee.

Insulating your loft is a simple, inexpensive and efficient way to reduce energy waste
Insulating your loft is a simple, inexpensive and efficient way to reduce energy waste

Potential home improvements include:

  • Wall insulation
  • Roof insulation
  • Air-tightness
  • Central heating – including new boilers
  • Renewable energies

How does it work for private tenants?

If you are a private sector tenant, your landlord will be informed of which upgrades may be Scottish Government funded and which they may be required to fund directly – their permission must be given before any upgrades are installed.

Private rental sector properties covered by the statutory repair standard will no longer receive the improvements that a landlord is legally required to provide – these clients will still be eligible for other improvements available under the program if they are recommended for the property.

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Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Warmer Homes Scotland, the household must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be owners or tenants of a private lessor
  • Living in the house as a primary residence
  • Have lived there for at least 12 months
  • Live in a home with an Energy Rating of 67 or less and no more than 230 square meters of floor space
  • Living in a house that meets the tolerable standard of living defined in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006

For the full list of criteria requirements and conditions visit the Home Energy Scotland website here.

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