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What is an energy inefficient home?

'Energy inefficient homes' are defined as those where an energy audit identifies that the dwelling has a SAP score of 54 or less. A SAP score is the standard methodology for home energy rating.

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland

HEEPS: Area Based Schemes

This funding goes to councils to develop and deliver fuel poverty programs (mainly solid wall insulation) in parts of their area with high levels of fuel poverty.

The area-based schemes are designed and delivered by councils, with local delivery partners. They target fuel-poor areas, to provide energy efficiency measures to a large number of Scottish homes while delivering emission savings and helping reduce fuel poverty.

The allocations for each authority in 2016/17

HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland

This national scheme opened to applications on September 2015 and is worth at least £16 million per year for up to seven years.  It is available to vulnerable private sector households (tenants or owner-occupiers). 

Warmer Homes Scotland offers fabric measures, such as insulation, as well as heating measures to improve the energy efficiency of the Scottish housing stock and to sustainably reduce fuel bills.  It also includes micro-generation measures to offer a wider range of heating options to off-gas households.

The scheme is available across Scotland but being delivered on a regional basis by Warmworks Scotland (including a separate Islands region) to ensure that all households, including those living in more remote parts of the country, get the same level of service regardless of their location.

HEEPS: Loans

The Scottish Government makes available interest-free, unsecured loans of up to £15,000 to householders for installing a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland.  The repayment period varies based on the amount you borrow.  Those taking out higher value loans will be able to pay back over 10 years.

Further information on all our schemes, including details on how to apply, is also available at Energy Saving Trust.

HEEPS programme statistics:

Download the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland Summary Report for 2013/14.