As well as a warmer house, those who have qualified for the scheme have saved an average of £350 per year on their energy bills.
(Figures up to 31 July 2016)
Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures. The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home, who have lived in their property for at least twelve months, and who meet the qualifying criteria. For more information about the scheme, and to check if you qualify, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 and an energy advisor will be happy to assist you.
The measures offered will depend on a survey of the property. If you have had assistance through a Government programme before, you can still apply for Warmer Homes Scotland if you meet the qualifying criteria.
Assessors will come to your home to survey it and will recommend measures suitable for the property, which could include a range of insulation and heating measures, and in most cases costs will be met by the Scottish Government.
There will be a need for customer contributions in some instances for certain more expensive measures, such as solid wall insulation. If you are a private sector tenant your landlord will be made aware of the measures that are able to be funded by the Scottish Government* and which ones they may be required to fund. Their permission is required to be given prior to any measures being installed.
Potential measures include:
An interest free loan is available to help meet the costs of the customer contribution. The loan, which is managed by the Energy Saving Trust, is subject to a credit check, and successful loans will include an administration fee. Further details on the loan will be provided if your offer includes a customer contribution.
From 1 August 2017, restrictions will be applied to the measures available under Warmer Homes Scotland (WHS) to customers living in privately rented properties. Private Rented Sector properties covered by the statutory Repairing Standard will no longer receive measures that a landlord is legally obliged to provide. These customers will still be eligible for other measures available under the scheme if they are recommended for the property.
Find out more information on the repairing standard.
The eligibility criteria is summarised below. If you do not meet the criteria for Warmer Homes Scotland you might be eligible for assistance through the interest free loan scheme or one of the many area-based schemes. One call to Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 will put you in touch with an advisor who can advise on what support you can benefit from.
Simply call the Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 to see what you are eligible for and they will guide you through the complete process that will include booking the survey of your property and referring you to the Warmer Homes Scotland managing agent (Warmworks Scotland). *Home Energy Scotland is a free and impartial advice service that is backed by the Scottish Government to help homeowners have a warmer home and lower their fuel bills.