The scheme that enables Scottish home owners on low incomes to borrow up to £40,000 for energy efficient upgrades and repairs will be expanded by Scottish Government.
The Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) was originally launched in 2017 within the areas of Glasgow City, Argyll and Bute and Perth and Kinross and is delivered in partnership by Energy Savings Trust and Care and Repair. The scheme will now be extended to Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Stirling, Dundee and the Western Isles until March 2019.
Kevin Stewart, Minister for Housing, said: “Whether it’s fitting insulation or fixing a leaking roof, the expansion of this scheme will allow more homeowners across Scotland to take action to keep their energy bills down.
“This is the latest in a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and tackle disrepair. We have recently consulted on a new fuel poverty strategy, including a new definition and target, that will inform a Fuel Poverty Bill to be laid before Parliament this summer.”
Mike Thornton, Energy Saving Trust’s group director of operations, said: “We welcome the expansion of this innovative scheme into new areas of Scotland. The HEEPS Equity Loan could particularly benefit those on low incomes or facing large repair bills and Home Energy Scotland’s expert advisors are on hand in all of these areas to talk you through the application process.”
Robert Thomson, National Director, Care and Repair Scotland, said: “we are delighted that the Minister has recognised the value of this scheme and has allowed an expansion into 4 other areas. Our teams will visit home owners and provide advice and assistance to take them through the process of obtaining contractors, costing the works and applying for the equity loan. There will be no pressure or sales techniques employed and the homeowner will be given a personalised service that will allow them to make important decisions about the future of their home.”
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