This scheme opened in May 2017 and is available to owner occupiers (and private landlords) for energy efficiency improvements, home renewables systems or gas connection. The loan can be up to £32,500 per home and is available on a first come, first served basis depending on funds.
There is more information on the eligible energy efficiency measures and loan repayment periods on the Energy Saving Trust Scotland website (details above)
There are also Area Based Schemes which are partly funded by the Scottish Government and run by local authorities to provide help to families struggling to pay fuel bills. The measures could include help with cavity wall insulation and heating systems. Call Home Energy Scotland for more information.
Grants to help with energy debts
If you are in debt to your energy supplier, you might be eligible for help from a charitable trust to help pay it off. When you apply for a grant, you will have to provide detailed information about your financial situation, so it is a good idea to ask for help. It is useful to show that you have taken debt advice first to help you address the problem and the Citizens Advice Bureau can help with both this and completing the form.
The charity Charis Grants can also help with these applications and might also be able to provide assistance with white goods.
The following energy companies offer grants and schemes to anyone – you don’t have to be a customer:
- British Gas Energy Trust
- Eon Energy Trust
- EDF Energy Trust
Other companies offer grants specifically for their own customers including:
- Npower Energy Fund
- Scottish Power Hardship Fund
- Ovo Energy Fund
- SSE Priority Assistance Fund
You need to contact these companies directly to find out if you qualify.
For information about Cold Weather Payments, Warm Home Discount Scheme, Winter Fuel Allowance and any other issues relating to hating your home, phone Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. Alternatively, you can visit the Energy Saving Trust at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
For help with debt issues relating to energy supply, you can contact Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 404 0506 or visit the website at www.cas.org.uk
You can also visit Charis Grants at www.charisgrants.com