Energy saving home improvements

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

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

The Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with a range of 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 around 78,000 households. Including 2018/19 allocations we have made available £325 million to local authorities. 

Find out more about our Area Based Schemes budgets and outputs

We have published case studies about the HEEPs programme and templates for local authorities to submit further case studies.

HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland

This national scheme opened to applications in 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 microgeneration 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 (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 and eligible registered private sector landlords in Scotland. This covers a range of energy efficiency improvements, including up to £17,500 for home renewables systems or connections to an approved district heating scheme powered by a renewable energy source.

It is open to owner-occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland, and the repayment period varies based on the amount borrowed. Those taking out higher value loans will be able to pay them back over 10 years.

Find more information on the Home Energy Scotland Loan, including details on how to apply, is available at Energy Saving Trust.

Budget allocation

Scheme Amount
HEEPS: Loans & Cashback £31m
Advice and Support £12.3m
Total £116.3m

HEEPS programme statistics

Download the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland Delivery Report 2016/17.