5 Scottish Energy Grants that You Should be Taking Advantage of

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Posted on by Conor MacGuire

If you’re looking to reduce the price of your energy bills, make your home more efficient or even if you just want to do your bit for the environment, then here are five schemes that are available in Scotland for you to take advantage of.

The Green Deal

The green deal is a government led scheme that has been set up to ease the cost of making your home more efficient to heat.

The green deal consists of a loan of up to £5,000 which covers work to improve the efficiency level of your home. The green deal lets you make improvements like adding loft and cavity wall insulation as well as new heating systems and even double glazing.

In order to take advantage of this deal, you first need to pay to get your home assessed by the Scottish government to determine what work needs to be carried out on your home.

Once you know what work needs to be done, you can pick from a list of green deal authorised installers to carry out the work on your home.

The green deal is good for those who want to make physical improvements to their homes to help bring down their energy bills over the long term – and you get the added bonus of offsetting up front cost against your long term savings.

Home Renewable Loan Scheme

Households can receive a loan for up to 75% of the cost to install renewable energy technologies in their homes. The scheme includes tools such as micro solar panels and wind turbines which can be set up at home or as a community.

There are a number of benefits of having renewable energy technologies for your household including lower costs on your energy bills. There is also potential to earn extra income through feed-in-tariffs by delivering excess energy back into the grid.

The amount offered by this scheme depends on what it is you intend to install with the grant.

Amount borrowed Length to repay Technologies available
> £2500 5 years Solar photovoltaic / micro wind turbine / micro hydro turbine
> £5000 8 years Connect to an existing and approved district heating scheme
> £5000 8 years Solar water heating system
> £7500 8 years Hybrid photovoltaic and solar water heating system
> £10000 12 years Air, ground or water source heat pump / biomass stove or boiler

Affordable Warmth

If you are considered a low income or vulnerable household, you could benefit from the Affordable Warmth initiative in place in Scotland.

Set up to help vulnerable households, the scheme offers aid such as draught excluders and new boilers to help make your home more energy efficient.

However, to qualify for the scheme you need to meet a strict set of criteria;

–          Over 60

–          Receive child tax credit

–          Have a child in full time education

–          A member of the household receives disability allowance

The aim of the scheme is to help less fortunate households heat their homes without being crippled by large energy bills.

Energy Assistance Scheme

The Energy Assistance Scheme is set up by the Scottish Government to help make your home more energy efficient in an effort to reduce energy bills.

The type of work that is covered under this scheme includes; new boilers fitting, draught proofing, as well as wall and pipe insulation.

To qualify you must have lived in your home for at least one year, and your residence must have a poor energy rating or no central heating system.

One or more of the occupants must also;

–          Be over 60

–          Be pregnant

–          Have a child under 16

–          Receive the highest level of disability allowance

–          Receive the highest level of war pensions

–          Be terminally ill

There are a number of benefits available depending on which category you apply under, however if you are struggling to meet payments on your energy bills and you have lived in your house for over a year, contact Scottish Government to see if you are eligible.

Gas Infill scheme

If you are building a new property or currently reside in one that is not connected to the gas network, you can receive up to £5000 interest free to support getting your property retro-connected, provided the network was fitted no more than 5 years before.

Your property could also be eligible if local authorities have the area flagged for future work to extend the gas network.

Once you have your property connected you will need to compare gas suppliers through sites like UK Power , who offer a service to find the best supplier for you at competitive rates.

To find out more about any of the initiatives available to you, visit the Scottish Government website to find out your eligibility.

 

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