The Scottish Government has today announced £14m for an interest free new loans scheme for energy efficiency measures including internal and external wall insulation.
For the first time Housing Associations will be able to apply for loans from the government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) Loan Scheme.
Until now, the scheme has been open only to owner-occupiers and private landlords.
The cash will help meet the cost of installing energy efficiency measures, like internal or external wall insulation or hard to treat cavity walls.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:
“For the first time the HEEPS loans scheme will be open to housing associations. This will help ensure their homes meet the higher standards for energy efficiency that have been set by the Scottish Government.
“Last year more than £8 million was saved in fuel bills thanks to the HEEPS scheme, covering 30,000 households.
“Since 2009 we have allocated over half a billion pounds on a raft of measures to help the most vulnerable people in our society heat their homes affordably.”
Notes to Editors:
More information about the HEEPS programme is available at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/warmhomes