Energy saving home improvements

We offer 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 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 around 87,000 households. Including 2019/20 allocations we have made available £374 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. See images of properties that have benefited from HEEPS funding.

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.

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

Budget allocation

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

HEEPS programme statistics