Heating and cooling our homes and businesses costs £2.6 billion a year and accounts for approximately half of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.

Challenging weather, poor energy efficiency in the home and reduced heating options (especially in rural areas) can make fuel bills unaffordable, resulting in fuel poverty.

Energy efficiency has been designated a national priority. It is key to meeting our ambitious climate change targets and to tackling fuel poverty.


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It's important that the buildings we live in can be kept cool enough in summer and warm enough in winter. But many of the energy sources used to power Scotland's homes are a limited resource, and for lots of people, keeping their home warm enough costs more than they can afford.

We believe that everyone should be able to afford to keep their home warm in winter, and have committed to working with homeowners, landlords and tenants to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

By using more efficient, low-carbon sources of heating and making sure that buildings are properly insulated, the energy used to heat or cool our homes stays inside. This means more comfortable homes and less energy wasted for everyone. We are particularly keen to make sure that people who need their heating most aren't worried about turning it on because they can't afford their bills.

Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy sets out our vision for warm, high quality, low-carbon homes and a route map for how we will achieve it.

It sets out action on three fronts:

  • our Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland
  • the appropriate use of standards and regulation
  • market transformation

The five-year Joint Housing Delivery Plan, published in 2015, identifies priority actions agreed by representatives from across the housing sector. This builds on previous actions set out in Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy.

In 2017 we launched a pilot project in two rural areas, Dumfries and Galloway and Moray, offering advice and support in the home to the most vulnerable fuel poor households. The pilot, delivered through our Home Energy Scotland network, offers a holistic service through partnerships with housing, health and social care and energy companies. The pilot will be evaluated and feed into the development of Energy Efficient Scotland. Read the case study.


Email: Central Enquiries Unit ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 5528

Scottish Government
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow G2 8LU