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Using Less Energy

Using less energy is widely recognised as the easiest and most cost effective way to reduce your fuel bills and therefore your carbon emissions. The Scottish Government is committed to encouraging energy efficient behaviour and recognise that raising awareness and offering advice and support as an effective method for effecting long term reductions in energy consumption across Scotland. We invest over £10million annually in the work of both the Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust (EST) in Scotland to provide advice and support to help the business, domestic and public sectors to realise the benefits of saving energy and to take action to reduce their environmental impact.


· On our behalf, the EST administer the Energy Saving Scotland advice network (ESSAN) which is a one-stop-shop initiative offering advice and practical support for householders, small businesses and communities on a wide range of sustainable energy issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy and low carbon transport.

· The ESSAN provides a range of advice and services to domestic consumers, and can guide individuals through the various initiatives which can help with the cost of measures such as new heating systems, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing and other energy efficiency and micro-renewable technologies.

· More information is available on the Scotland pages of the EST website or by calling 0800 512 012.

Green Deal & the Energy Company Obligation

The Green Deal is the UK Government's flagship energy saving plan to transform the country's homes to make them warmer and cheaper to run. From October 2012, people will be able to arrange energy efficiency measures which are paid for through their energy bills - at the same time that the reduced fuel use and is enjoyed.

At the same time, a new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will take over from the existing obligations: the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

ECO will underpin the Green Deal by focussing particularly on those householders (e.g. the poorest and most vulnerable) and those types of property (e.g. the hard to treat) which cannot achieve financial savings without an additional or different measure of support.

We are working closely with the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) to ensure the Green Deal framework policy and the ECO, work for Scottish householders and energy users.

More information on these initiatives is available on the DECC website at: www.decc.gov.uk


On 1 April 2013, the Scottish Government launched the new Resource Efficient Scotland programme which is an integration of previous non domestic energy and material resource efficiency support services.

Resource Efficient Scotland offers comprehensive information, advice and support to businesses, third sector and public sector organisations to implement energy, material resource and water efficiency measures.  It provides a degree of assistance to organisations of all sizes, but SMEs have a particular focus. For more information please visit: http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/ or contact 0808 808 2268.

Businesses which meet the criteria of a SME are eligible for support through the Energy Saving Scotland Small Business Loans scheme. A small business may be offered a loan if it cannot access, or can only partially access, Green Deal finance for measures identified in a Green Deal advice report; or for measures identified by a Resource Efficiency Scotland audit/report. This scheme offers interest-free loans of £1,000 to £100,000 for energy efficiency measures and resource efficiency measures, and loans at a 5% interest rate for renewable measures (where the applicant is planning to claim the FIT or RHI). The measures businesses are planning to install must be recommended in a qualifying report – either a Green Deal Report or a report from Resource Efficient Scotland. For more information please visit: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Business-services/In-depth-energy-advice/Small-business-loans or contact Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012.        

The Scottish Government is committed to simplifying the landscape for energy and resource efficiency advice to business, particularly for our many SMEs who have limited time and resources to devote to tackling climate change. The Scottish Energy and Resource Efficiency Service (SERES) is a partnership comprising the key delivery bodies Resource Efficient ScotlandBusiness Gateway, Energy Saving Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Zero Waste Scotland.

It is a ‘virtual one stop’ service where organisations in Scotland can more easily receive accurate, relevant advice and support on energy and resource efficiency issues affecting their business. Information on the support provided by the SERES partners and on upcoming events is held on the Business Gateway web-portal http://www.bgateway.com/manage-your-business/environment-policy-and-procedures/.

The Public Sector

Advice and support on energy and resource efficiency for public sector bodies is provided through the Resource Efficient Scotland programme, information for which is provided above.

The Scottish Government's Central Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) provides money to all of Scotland's local authorities, the health boards and Scottish Water for investment in a number of energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing, lighting, insulation, which bring about energy, cost and carbon savings. An evaluation of the CEEF scheme took place in 2010/11.

Through their Travel Plans and Green Fleet Reviews, the EST can help public sector organizations promote greener, cleaner travel choices and ensure that they are taking the right steps in managing their transport. Financial and carbon savings can be made from buying the right vehicles, identifying and implementing fuel efficiency measures, driver education and reducing mileage wherever possible.