Home Energy Efficiency Programmes

The Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) can help you to heat your home and cut your bills. You could benefit from free insulation, a new central heating system, extra income or discounted energy rates.

Home Energy Scotland (0808 808 2282) can help by letting you know what support you are eligible for and how to access it. 

The Scottish Government funds measures under the Energy Assistance Scheme; energy suppliers fund measures under their Affordable Warmth Schemes and support may be available from both the Scottish Government and Local Authorities through Area Based Schemes.

Green Homes Network

Within Scotland there are now more than 850 green homes on the Green Homes Network, ranging from hard to treat family homes, to modern eco-builds. If you're considering introducing green measures into your home, it can be extremely useful to speak to people who already have experience of these. To search the Green Homes Network for a property near you, please click here.  

Green Homes Cashback Scheme

The Green Deal process works in the same way in Scotland as outlined in our Green Deal section.

Funding has now been fully allocated for phase 3 of the Scottish Government's Green Homes Cashback Scheme, and the Government are no longer issuing vouchers. A waiting list is being operated and if further funding becomes available, those on the list will be issued with a voucher on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible to apply for the waiting list, you will need to have a completed Green Deal Advice Report.  

To find out more, please visit the Energy Saving Trust Scotland’s website

Home Renewables Loan Scheme

An interest free loan from the Scottish Government to help fund the installation of renewable electricity and heat technologies, and connections to district heating schemes powered by a renewable energy  source.
  • For renewables technologies, an interest free loan of up to 75% of the total cost, up to a maximum value of £10,000 for certain technologies. 
  • For district heating schemes, interest free loans of up to 100% of your costs up to £5,000 for connecting to an approved district heating scheme.
For more information, visit the Energy Saving Trust Scotland's website

RHI and FITs

The details of these are the same in Scotland as in England and Wales.
To find out more about the Renewable Heat Incentive, please click here.
To find out more about Feed In Tarifs, please click here


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has a range of grants and loan schemes that are not available within the rest of the UK. The Green Deal is not available here.

Boiler Replacement Scheme

This is open to owner occupiers with an income of less than £40,000 and an inefficient boiler which is at least 15 years old. It’s a grant of up to £1000 (dependent on total gross income and whether controls are also being installed), designed to encourage people to switch:

  • From an inefficient boiler to a more energy efficient condensing oil or gas boiler
  • From oil to gas
  • To a pellet boiler
to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
If installing a gas boiler for the first time, you may be eligible for additional support – you will need to contact the individual gas company directly before carrying out the work to discuss further.
For more information or to register, please call 03448 920900, or email; the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are the administrators of the scheme.
Please bear in mind that the scheme is due to close at the end of March, so it's important that you apply as soon as possible to find out if you are eligible for the grant.

Warm Homes Grant Scheme

The warm homes grant scheme is designed to provide financial help for those looking to make heating and insulation improvements in their home. This is open to owner occupiers or individuals named on a tenancy agreement (private rented sector) and is funded by the Department for Social Development.
The grant is designed to cover insulation measures (loft and cavity wall insulation, and a hot water cylinder jacket) up to a maximum of £1500, for those in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits: 
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with relevant income less than £15,910)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
The second element of the Warm Homes Scheme is Warm Homes Plus. This is designed to offer additional support for those requiring more complex insulation (e.g. solid wall homes), or who currently have a solid fuel, Economy 7, LPG heating system, or no central heating at all.
In addition to the measures available under the Warm Homes Scheme, Warm Homes Plus can offer the following measures to those who are eligible:
  • Internal dry lining may be available to those with solid external walls.
  • A new, efficient gas or oil-fired central heating system*, for those who do not currently have any form of central heating.
  • Conversion of an existing LPG, solid fuel or Economy 7 heating system to oil or natural gas*.
*natural gas will be the preferred option where this is available. Where neither gas nor oil is an option, wood pellet boilers may be available for those in receipt of a Warm Homes Plus qualifying benefit.
To be eligible, individuals will again need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit. The statutory maximum payment for this scheme is £6500.
The Warm Homes Scheme also provides a free service to check that individuals are receiving all benefits for which they are eligible. For more information, visit the warm homes website or contact the Scheme Manager on 0800 988 0559.
Again, this scheme is due to end at the end of March 2015, so it's essential to act quickly to reap the rewards.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The RHI is the first scheme of its type anywhere in the world – similar to the FIT, it will pay the home owner per kilowatt hour (kWh) of heat that is produced by a renewable source. 
It targets homes both on and off the gas grid, but the greatest savings will be achieved by those who are off the gas grid. It is open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders, who have a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which proves that their property is assessed as a 'domestic dwelling'.
The scheme supports air and ground source heat pumps (A/GSHP), biomass heating, and solar thermal technologies. Biomass and heat pump systems must provide space heating or space and water heating and heat your home using a 'wet' central heating system like radiators.
RHI payments consist of two parts: an upfront payment when you are accepted onto the scheme, and an annual ongoing incentive payment, paid per kWh of renewable heat produced.

Upfront Payment

Air Source Heat Pumps £1700
Ground Source Heat Pumps £3500
Biomass boilers                                                                                                      £2500
Solar Thermal Panels (Flat Plate and Evacuated Tube for Hot Water)       £320


Air Source Heat Pumps                                      3.5p/kWh
Ground Source Heat Pumps 8.2p/kWh
Biomass 5.6p/kWh
Solar Thermal Panels (hot water)            13.5p/kWh
RHI payments are generally based on:
- for biomass and heat pumps, the heat load figure on your EPC
- for solar thermal, a figure is calculated from the information on your MCS certificate.
Some people (for example those with a back-up heating system) will need to install meters and submit regular meter readings. Payments will then be based on these readings, but capped at £2500/annum.
As with FITs, the system must be certified under the MCS and meet relevant standards for each technology.
Applicants  will need to meet the joining requirments and terms and conditions. They will also need:
- an MCS Certificate Number
- an updated EPC to verify the insulation and renewable installation. Make sure that your EPC contains an 'estimated potential energy use', including figures for heating, hot water and lighting.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the criteria - to find out further details, please contact NI Direct on 028 9052 9219 or email

Make Your Home Energy Efficient First!

In order to qualify for the RHI, your home will have to meet basic energy efficiency standards. Even if you’re not planning on installing any technologies appropriate for the RHI, it makes simple common sense to improve your house first.
Insulating, draught-proofing, minimising your electricity usage, or improving the efficiency of your heating system, will leave you better off, improve the comfort of your home, and if you are installing renewable technologies will ensure you make more money – whilst all the while reducing your impact on the planet of course!

Affordable Warmth Scheme

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is intended for those living in Northern Ireland who might need help to pay for energy efficiency improvements. 

The scheme targets owner occupiers and householders of a privately rented property with a gross annual household income of less than £20,000. 

If you are in a privately rented property, you must be named on the Tenancy Agreement and your landlord needs to be registered on the Department for Social Development's Landlord Registration Scheme. Your landlord will need to give consent for any improvement works to be carried out, and be prepared to contribute towards the cost of the work. 

Priority measures under the scheme include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation to 270mm, new boiler (if householder is aged over 65 or has a child under 16, or is receiving disability benefit and has a boiler over 15 years old) and heating controls. To see a complete list of measures available under the scheme, please visit the NI Direct Affordable Warmth website

In the first instance, council staff will contact those who are identified as being most affected by fuel poverty and ask you to complete a short survey, which will then be sent to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE).  If you agree, the Social Security Agency's 'Make a Call' team will contact you to check that you are receiving all benefits to which you are entitled. 

NIHE staff will then complete a technical survey and work out whether you are eligible for the scheme. If you are, they will then work with you to get the measures introduced using a local installer (one that you choose or one on their recommended list) and arrange for the grant to be paid. N.B. Installers should normally be accredited to a relevant trade body. 

If you would like further information on the scheme, please call 0300 200 7874.

The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO)

This entitles those who live in Northern Ireland to claim Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for electricity generated from a renewable source, regardless of whether they personally use the electricity. ROCs can in turn be sold to electricity companies, with the option of selling any excess electricity to an electricity supplier.
To export to the electricity network, you need to have a Grid Connection Agreement in place with Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE). NIE Generator Application Packs are available through the Generation Connection Section of the NIE website.
The current single export rate tariff (valid until 30th September 2015) is 5.10p/kWh for generators up to 50kW.
For more information, please visit the renewables section of the Power NI website.

Local Renewable Energy Grants

There may be grants available in your area for communities wanting to install microgeneration technologies (i.e. those that use renewable sources such as wind, solar power etc, to generate heat and power). 
You can find out what is available from Bryson Energy:
Telephone 0800 1422 865
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