Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS)

HEEPS is the Scottish Government initiative to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in homes. 

HEEPS is a cluster of programmes currently including:

  • Area Based Schemes (ABS)
  • Warmer Homes Scotland
  • Loan Scheme
  • Loan Scheme for Registered Social Landlords
  • Equity Loan Scheme

Calls about HEEPS are managed by the Home Energy Scotland hotline.  It offers energy efficiency advice, information on low cost energy tariffs, and advice on income maximisation, as well as a wide range of energy efficiency measures.

HEEPS: Area Based Schemes (ABS)

ABS follows an area-based approach with initial focus on the most deprived areas. Schemes draw on a range of data including indices of multiple deprivation, child poverty, the Scottish House Condition Survey and heat mapping. ABS is intended to cover all homes in Scotland in 10 years from 2013.

Responsibility for programme delivery for ABS falls to local authorities, who are considered best placed through their Local Housing Strategies to understand the nature of housing provision and to co-ordinate a local supply-chain.

Measures available are dependent on the schemes developed by each local authority and will be free to the householder and open to all tenures. 

ABS is funded by the Scottish Government with £50 million for 2016-2017. However, ABS is expected to work in tandem with ECO, with the target to lever in a further £120 million a year.

Breakdown of the HEEPS ABS funding allocated to local authorities in 2015 (Scottish Government, 2015)

A summary of the delivery outcomes of the 2014-2015 Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland is available here

HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland 

This scheme launched on 1 September 2015 replacing the Energy Assistance Scheme. It will be worth up to £224 million and will run for up to seven years. The Managing Agent is Warmworks Scotland (formed by a consortium of Changeworks, the Energy Saving Trust and Everwarm).The scheme works alongside the other Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland to give vulnerable households living in fuel poverty access to even more measures to make their homes energy efficient. The budget for 2016-2017 is £19 million.

The scheme is open to homeowners or tenants of private sector landlords, who have lived in their home for at least 6 months, and have a low income. There are conditions that need to be met and specific benefits received in order to qualify for this funding. Potential measures include wall insulation, loft insulation, draught-proofing, central heating and renewables.

For further information and to apply, contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

The first annual review of the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, covering September 2015 to March 2016 is here

HEEPS: Loan Scheme

The Scottish Government makes available interest free, unsecured loans of up to £10,000 to householders for installing a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

The HEEPS: Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland.  The repayment period varies based on the intended amount to borrow but those taking out higher value loans will be able to pay back over 10 years.

£24 million for HEEPS: Loans was announced in the Scottish Budget 2016-2017, giving homeowners interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures.

To make an application, call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282, who will arrange for an application form to be sent out.

HEEPS: Loan Scheme for Registered Social Landlords

In March 2016, the Scottish Government extended the HEEPS: Loans scheme to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) such as housing associations and housing co-operatives. It announced funding of £14 million for this scheme.

There have been two phases of this funding so far this year. Under the most recent phase, loans of between £30,000 and £1 million were available to RSLs to install energy saving measures with the aim of improving these properties in order to meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). The loans are interest-free and repayable over 10 years.

Measures available include insulation, draught-proofing, window glazing, boilers, heating controls and heat pumps.

For further information, including how to apply, contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or check the website to download an application form.

HEEPS: Equity Loan Scheme

Announced in September 2016, this is a £10 million pilot scheme running in Glasgow, Argyll and Bute and Perthshire. The scheme provides equity loans to home owners on low incomes, and small landlords, to help them make essential repairs to leaking roofs and building structures in order to make their homes warmer. This is often essential work that is required before the installation of energy efficiency measures, such as solid wall insulation.

Loans of up to £40,000 are available and can be used either as a single equity loan or as part of a package with other Scottish Government grants to install more expensive energy efficiency measures. At least 45% of the funding must be for energy efficiency improvements or works that reduce heat loss. 55% or less of the works cost can be used to fund external repairs generally however cosmetic improvements are not eligible.

Details of repayments and how to apply are on the Home Energy Scotland website