Scotland confirms new funding support for home energy improvements

THE Scottish Government has announced support to make it easier and more affordable for people to install heat and energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Homeowners can now apply for a grant of £7,500 from the Home Energy Scotland Scheme to install heat pumps. Previously, applicants were required to sign up for a loan before they qualified for this funding, but can now access the money directly.

Enhanced measures also include an extra £1,500 to homeowners in rural areas, in line with a commitment made as part of the Bute House Agreement. A grant of £7,500 for energy efficiency improvements to homes will also be made available.

Patrick Harvie, minister for zero carbon buildings, explained, “Reducing emissions from our homes and buildings is one of the most important things we can do to help end Scotland’s contribution to climate change. Our Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out ambitious targets to transform how we heat and insulate buildings and we have committed £1.8 billion over this parliament to support its delivery. This includes doubling our funding for the Home Energy Scotland scheme this year.

“The improvements to the Home Energy Scotland Scheme – including, importantly, targeted support for those in rural areas – will make it easier for people to access funding to ensure their homes are more energy efficient and use climate friendly-heating. I would encourage anyone that is interested to visit the Home Energy Scotland website. Advisors are also available to guide applicants through the process.”

Harry Mayers, head of Home Energy Scotland, added, “Having a warm home and reducing energy bills are big priorities for households in Scotland. The Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan will help thousands of households make much-needed improvements to their homes to keep out the cold and drive down bills.

“The changes being made mean that homeowners can now apply for grant funding without a loan; this will be a huge help towards covering the cost of making energy efficiency improvements or installing renewable systems such as heat pumps.

“The updated scheme comes at just the right time as we’re going into winter with energy prices at record highs. The rural uplift, which will provide extra financial support for those who live in rural and island communities who often face increased costs for home improvements, is especially welcome.”