Energy saving home improvements

We offer a variety of schemes to support people who have difficulty paying their fuel bills or keeping their home warm.

These schemes help to increase the take-up of home energy efficiency measures and reduce fuel poverty, while also helping us reach our carbon emission reduction targets.

The Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with advice providers and energy companies, manages these schemes on our behalf through Home Energy Scotland.

Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS): area-based schemes

We fund local authorities to develop and deliver energy efficiency programmes (mainly solid wall insulation) in areas with high levels of fuel poverty. This funding is blended with Energy Company Obligation funding, owners contributions and funding from registered social landlords who may choose to insulate their homes at the same time.

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.

Since 2013 we have helped to deliver energy efficiency measures to over 100,000 households. Including 2021/2022 allocations we have made available over £482 million to local authorities.

Find out more about our area-based schemes budgets and outputs

We have published case studies about the Area Based Schemes programme and templates for local authorities to submit further case studies. See images of properties that have benefited from HEEPS funding.

Energy Efficient Scotland: Warmer Homes Scotland

This national scheme  was launched in September 2015 and since then it has helped over 18,000 fuel poor households across Scotland.  It is worth at least £16 million per year for up to seven years.  It is available to private sector households (tenants or owner-occupiers) who are living in or at risk of living in fuel poverty and who meet the qualifying eligibility criteria.

Warmer Homes Scotland has a strong focus on heating and insulation measures to improve the energy efficiency of properties making them warmer and more affordable to heat. The scheme also includes microgeneration measures to offer a wider range of heating options to off-gas households.  Additional renewable and enabling measures have recently been made available including ground source heat pumps, micro-wind, micro-hydro and micro-CHP systems that will be of particular benefit to those households in remote and rural areas who are not on the gas grid.

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

Home Energy Scotland Loan

Funding up to £38,500 per home is available to owner occupiers, with up to £15,000 available for a range of energy efficiency improvements and an additional £17,500 available for home renewables systems or connections to an approved district heating scheme powered by a renewable energy source.

The loan is interest free and available to owner-occupiers in Scotland.  The loan repayment period varies based on the amount borrowed, with those taking out higher value loans able to pay them back over 10 years.

More information on the Home Energy Scotland Loan, including details on how to apply, is available from Energy Saving Trust.

HEEPS programme statistics