HEEPS Loan scheme

Apply for an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing or a new boiler.

The HEEPS loan scheme is open to owner occupiers and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. Further information on how to apply as a landlord can be found below.

The repayment period varies based on the amount you intend to borrow but those taking out higher value loans will be able to pay back over 10 years.

What measures are eligible? 

Primary measures

Max amount available per measure

Gas, LPG or oil boilers, warm air units or electric storage heaters

£5,000

External or internal wall insulation

£10,000

Flat roof and room in roof insulation

£4,000

Loft, cavity and floor insulation

£1,000

Double glazing, secondary glazing and insulated doors

£4,500

Secondary measures*

 

Cylinder thermostat, draught proofing, waste water heat recovery system, flue gas heat recovery system, hot water tank jacket, heating controls

£500

*Loans for secondary measures will only be available if installing at least one primary measure.

If you are installing external wall insulation, you can download our information pack to help you arrange your home improvement.

What do I need to do next?

To make an application, call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282, who will arrange for an application form to be sent out. This will need to be completed and submitted to the Energy Saving Trust at the below address:

HEEPS loans
Energy Saving Trust
Ocean Point 1
94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JH

Along with your completed form you will need to send a copy of your chosen quote for each measure you wish to install.

You will need to obtain a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) for your property, and it is a requirement of this scheme that the measure you wish to install is recommended on your GDAR. You will be asked to submit this after your initial application, assuming you pass your credit check.

How do I choose an installer?

We recommend you use a Green Deal certified installer for the work you plan to have done at your property.

For some insulation measures, it is a requirement of the scheme that the installer is Green Deal certified specifically for the measure. These are:
 - solid wall insulation (external or internal)
 - underfloor insulation
 - flat roof insulation
 - room in roof insulation

Use the Green Deal company search tool to find an installer.

If installing an oil boiler, under this scheme your technician must be OFTEC registered.

It is a legal requirement that an installer is Gas Safe registered if undertaking gas work (such as installing gas/LPG boilers, warm air units or heating controls). Please check the Gas Safe Register for more information on the work this covers, and to check if an installer is registered.

For all other measures, there is no requirement to use a specific installer, but we do recommend you shop around and get at least 3 quotes to ensure good value for money. Applicants should ensure their chosen installer is fully qualified and accredited with a relevant industry body and/or trade federation, and when researching installers ask about what guarantees they provide for the quality of the work.

What happens after I apply?

Once your application has been received, we will assess your eligibility and carry out a credit check on the named applicant. If you pass these checks, you will be sent a letter explaining you need to arrange for your GDAR to be completed at your property.  You can then send details of this to the Energy Saving Trust, and assuming it meets the scheme’s requirements, your loan offer can then be issued.  

You must not start work until you have received a loan offer.

Successful applications

If your loan application is successful and you receive loan funding, your loan will include an administrative fee, which will be included in your monthly loan repayments.  The administrative fee will be a percentage of the total loan value, up to a maximum of £150.  The percentage figure will be 1% plus the highest base rate in force at a selection of banks 28 days before you enter into the loan agreement.

You will be issued with a loan offer which will be valid for 6 months.

 

HEEPS: PSL loan scheme

There is also a loan available specifically for private sector landlords.  The conditions for this are similar to the above loan for owner occupiers with a maximum of £15,000 available per property, however landlords with multiple properties are eligible for up to £100,000 in total.

For more information, or to speak to a landlord specialist, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282. 

 

HEEPS: Gas Infill Loan scheme

Under the HEEPS Loan programme loans are also available to help owner occupiers and private sector landlords with the costs of connecting to the gas grid. The Gas Infill Loan scheme provides interest free loan funding between £500 and £5,000 for gas connection costs and installation of a gas central heating system.

It is available for individuals wishing to connect to the gas grid, or where the property is included in a gas infill project or gas grid extension project.  In areas on, or very close to, the existing gas grid, connection to the gas grid is in most cases a cost-effective way of reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.

Successful loans will include an administrative fee, see above for more information.

Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for more information and to request an application form.