Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS)
Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (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
- Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme
- Equity Loan Pilot 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 are free to the householder and open to all tenures.
ABS is funded by the Scottish Government with £49 million for 2019-2020.
A summary of the delivery outcomes of the 2015-2016 Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland is available here
HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland
This scheme launched in September 2015. 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 budget for 2019 - 2020 is £24 million.
The scheme is open to low-income homeowners or tenants of private sector landlords. 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 most recent annual review of the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, covering September 2016 to March 2017 is here
Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme
This loan scheme which launched in May 2017 provides interest-free, unsecured loans of up to £32,500 per home to owner occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. This is to install energy efficiency measures such as wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, warm air units and other forms of renewable technologies.
This loan scheme combines the previous HEEPS: Loans scheme and the Home Energy Scotland Renewable Loan Scheme. It contains an up to 25% cash back offer for a limited time.
The budget for 2019-2020 for Home Energy Scotland loan scheme and other relevant loan schemes is £30 million.
HEEPS: Equity Loan Pilot Scheme
The scheme was launched in January 2017 in three local authority areas (Glasgow City, Argyll and Bute, and Perth and Kinross) and has now been extended (as of June 2018) to include Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Stirling, Dundee and the Western Isles. 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 alone or as part of a package with other Scottish Government grants. At least 45% of the funding must be for energy efficiency improvements or works that reduce heat loss.
Full conditions and details of repayments and how to apply are on the Home Energy Scotland website