Households will be able to apply for up to £7,300 through a new, more generous, phase of the Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme.
The £15 million scheme will provide funding to households towards the cost of installing energy efficiency measures such as home insulation and boiler upgrades that have been recommended on a Green Deal Assessment Report.
From 1 June, and operating in 2014-15, funding will be available for individual householders – with private landlords and private and social tenants all eligible to apply. Social landlords will also be eligible to apply for funding.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, said: “Scotland is outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures that is saving households money.
“This new and more intensive phase of Green Homes Cashback will make a real difference to people across the country, saving money on fuel bills and helping to cut emissions.
“Rising energy prices remain a huge concern for this government, and we will spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds over a three year period on fuel poverty and energy efficiency including our Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland which will spend £79 million in 2014/15 to support energy efficiency improvements in Scotland’s homes.
“This government is leading investment on energy efficiency for low income households, with figures from Energy Action Scotland showing that on average, £3.52 is invested in England, compared with £36.48 in Scotland, £31.31 in Wales and £27.55 in Northern Ireland.
“This new phase of Green Homes Cashback underlines our ongoing commitment to energy efficiency – we are doing all we can under existing arrangements to provide practical support to households.”
The announcement was welcomed by Neil Marshall, Head of the National Insulation Association, who said: “We welcome the new £15 million scheme being introduced by the Scottish Government and its continued commitment to supporting insulation companies in Scotland and to helping households to address the cost of living by installing more insulation measures which will deliver long terms sustainable savings on energy bills.”
Under the new phase of Green Homes Cashback householders can apply for:
- 75% of the cost of Solid Wall Insulation up to a maximum of £6,000, and;
- Up to £1200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures, from within three categories:
- Up to £400 – insulation, including loft (not including Solid Wall Insulation)
- Up to £500 – condensing boilers, including heating controls
- Up to £300 – other measures from a specified list
- Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment Report if at least one recommended measure is installed.