Scotland announces £30m for domestic energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has announced £30 million of funding to help make homes more energy efficient. The Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) is offering interest-free loans of up to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Scottish Government has announced £30 million of funding to help make homes more energy efficient.

The Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) is offering interest-free loans of up to £15,000 to help make houses warmer, reduce fuel bills and slash fuel poverty rates.

Householders will be able to use the money to install a variety of energy efficient measures, including solid wall insulation, cavity wall, loft and roof insulation, draught proofing and boilers.

The loans will also be available to registered social landlords to help them carry out improvements to their properties.

Scotland’s Minister for Housing, Kevin Stewart, said: “Keeping heating bills to a minimum is a priority for all of us.

“Last year we helped over 1,700 households save almost £280,000 in fuel bills thanks to a HEEPS loan. This latest round of funding should help up to 8,000 households make their homes cheaper to keep warm.”

“We have committed to spending £114 million on domestic energy efficiency this year and this latest announcement is yet another step in us helping the most vulnerable people in Scotland heat their homes affordably.”

Energy suppliers in the UK will have to install more solid wall insulation measures every year in fuel poor homes under new reforms.