Walls without cavity wall insulation and lofts without the recommended minimum thickness of 60mm of insulation are responsible for the loss of vast amounts of energy from Scottish homes. Installing proper insulation in your home is one of the most cost effective energy efficiency steps you can take and, to this end, a range of grants are available from the government, local councils and electricity and gas providers to homeowners and tenants in Scotland.
Carbon Emission Reductions Target
The government's Carbon Emissions Reductions Target (CERT) has resulted in a commitment by major energy providers in the United Kingdom--including Scottish Power and Scottish & Southern Energy--to pay for cavity wall and loft insulation. Private households with anyone aged 70 years or older or anyone receiving certain benefits qualify for a 100 per cent grant, meaning they pay nothing for insulation unless their properties are extraordinarily large. Other households can receive partial grants, typically 50 per cent of the cost of insulation, regardless of their employment status, income and financial circumstances.
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
London SW1A 2AW
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme
The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)--formerly the Scottish Community and Householder Renewable Initiative (SCHRI)--is a program operated throughout Scotland by Community Energy Scotland on behalf of the Scottish government. The scheme provides grants up to a maximum of £150,000 for community organisations that wish to install or upgrade energy-efficient technologies, including installation, and the amount of funding awarded is judged on a case-by-case basis. According to a Scottish government press release, CARES has been responsible for £13.5 million worth of funding to more than 600 groups since its inception in 2009.
Community Energy Scotland
2b Fodderty Way
Energy Assistance Package
The Energy Assistance Package is another program funded by the Scottish government, but this time administered by the Energy Saving Trust, the leading impartial energy organisation in the United Kingdom. The Energy Assistance Package is available throughout Scotland and, aside from offering advice and support on various aspects of energy efficiency, provides free insulation from energy suppliers and grants of up to £4,000--£6,500 in some cases--projects including insulation of internal or external walls, insulating lofts and insulating hot and cold water storage tanks and associated pipe work. To qualify for a grant, you must be a homeowner or a private tenant and have lived in your home for at least a year.
Energy Saving Trust
2nd Floor, Ocean Point 1
94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh EH6 6JH
- The Scottish Government: Housing Grants
- Department of Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT)
- Energy Saving Trust: Energy Assistance Package
- Community Energy Scotland: The Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
- Community Energy Scotland: Scottish Government Announcement on CARES