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Grants and loans for energy saving improvements

If you've trouble heating your home you could get funding for energy saving improvements. This could help make your home warmer and reduce your energy bills.

You could get:

  • a grant you do not need to pay back
  • an interest free loan
  • both

Types of energy saving improvements

Improvements you could get funding for includes:

  • boilers and heating systems
  • draught proofing
  • insulation including:
    • cavity wall
    • floor
    • solid wall
    • roof
  • solar panels and other renewable energy
  • windows - to replace single glazing but not double glazing

How to apply

You apply through Home Energy Scotland. They’re funded by the Scottish Government. 

You can either:

  • phone: 0808 808 2282 - Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • complete a contact form (someone will phone you back)

Talking to Home Energy Scotland

When you talk to Home Energy Scotland they'll ask questions about you and your home. This is to check everything you could qualify for. 

The adviser will tell you about improvements that could make your home cheaper to heat and keep warm. They'll also tell you about funding you could get.

Warmer Homes Scotland scheme (grant)

You could qualify for funded energy saving improvements if you're getting certain benefits. If you qualify, a company who works on behalf of the Scottish Government will do the work. You do not need to pay for this work.

Who can apply

You need to:

  • be on a low income and getting certain benefits
  • be a homeowner or private tenant 
  • have lived in your home for at least 12 months
  • not have had Warmer Homes Scotland funding in the last 5 years

There are other conditions you need to meet. There's some restrictions for private tenants. 

Check if you qualify on the Home Energy Scotland website.

Home Energy Scotland grant and loan

You could get:

  • a grant for up to £7,500 each to install:
    • energy efficiency improvements
    • zero emission heating improvements
  • an optional £7,500 interest free loan

Rural households

You can claim increased grants of up to £9,000 if you live in a rural area.

If you're unsure, Home Energy Scotland can confirm if you’re a rural household when you call.

Who can apply

You need to be a homeowner.

Building your own home

You can apply for a loan for renewable energy systems but not for energy saving improvements.

Private landlords

You cannot apply if you’re a private landlord. But you could apply for the Private Rented Sector Landlord Loan

Before you apply

  • you cannot carry out the work before you have a loan offer in writing
  • you need quotes from installers to complete the application process (you can start the application process and add these later)
  • you need to use certain approved installers

Get information on choosing approved installers on the Home Energy Scotland website. 

Other funding you could get

You could get other funding depending on where you live. 

Check funding by your postcode on the Home Energy Scotland website. 

More help with home energy 

Contact Home Energy Scotland if you:

  • are unsure if you qualify for funding
  • want energy saving advice 

Home Energy Scotland website

Phone: 0808 808 2282

Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Saturday 9am to 5pm.

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