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We help communities tackle climate change, deliver renewable projects and get advice on home energy efficiency.  

We work with individuals, community groups, businesses and other organisations. 

Home energy advice for your community

Home Energy Scotland works in partnership with community groups to deliver free, impartial energy saving advice. 

Individuals can call 0808 808 2282. Or, with their permission, you can refer community members to us through our secure, online Home Energy Scotland Referral Portal

Our friendly, expert team advise on home improvements to save energy, or to generate renewable energy, and the funding available. We also put people in touch with other organisations that can help. 

Your community can benefit from a wide range of resources and help from our local advice centres, including leaflets and factsheets, a Home Energy Scotland advice stand for an event, workshops and support for funding applications. We also offer training for staff and volunteers, and much more. 

 

Community renewable energy funding and advice

Local Energy Scotland delivers the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). They offer a range of support to community groups, including: 

  • Advising on what's right for your community - whether it's a wholly-owned renewable energy project, or a local energy systems approach 
  • Access to grants and loans to speed up community renewable projects
  • A network of staff across Scotland who offer free, impartial advice and support
  • Lots of online resources to help you develop your project
  • Information on the Community Benefit register - a facility that details payments given by commercial developers to community groups. 

Contact Local Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2288, email info@localenergy.scot or visit their website to find out more. 

Make your business more resource efficient

Resource Efficient Scotland helps businesses and community groups save money and carbon by showing them how to use energy, water and other resources more efficiently. The programme is delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. 

They provide: 

  • Free, expert advice on implementing resource efficient measures
  • Help to identify opportunities for your business, including estimated costs and cost savings. 
  • Detailed cost-benefit analyses to help build a case for implementation. 

Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, email enquiries@resourceefficientscotland.com or visit their website to find out more. 

Tackle climate change in your community with the Climate Challenge Fund

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports community-led projects to reduce carbon emissions and make community improvements. The programme is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and funded by the Scottish Government. 

The CCF offers funding for: 

  • Energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings
  • Advice and support on energy efficiency
  • Low carbon travel alternatives
  • Community growing schemes 
  • Schemes to reduce, re-use and recycle. 

The programme features dedicated development officers who support applicants and grant recipients throughout the process. It also offers free training, support and resources through the Community Action Support Programme, which is also open to other Scottish community organisations with an interest in tackling climate change. 

Contact the CCF at Keep Scotland Beautiful on 0800 111 4461 or visit their website to find out more. 

We strive to make our services accessible to all - regardless of the language that they speak  – and we’re committed to ensuring our materials are available in a range of languages. 

We’re also members of Happy to Translate, a national scheme that enables organisations to engage effectively with people who speak little or no English.  You can download some of our resources here, and our services can be arranged for non-English speakers. 

If your organisation works with any groups where English isn’t their first language, find out more about how we can help: email hes_partnerships@est.org.uk.

 

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Find out more about how Home Energy Scotland can work with your community group members to save money and energy at home, then get in touch - call our Communities Officer on 0131 555 8688, or email us.

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Resources

Take a look at our resources page, featuring case studies and energy saving tips in handy, downloadable PDFs.

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