Scottish Government offers £15m energy saving cashback

Scottish householders will soon be able to claim up to £7,300 for installing energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Scottish householders will soon be able to claim up to £7,300 for installing energy efficiency measures in their homes.

It is part of the Scottish Government’s £15 million Green Homes Cashback scheme that will provide funding to help homeowners with the cost of efficiency upgrades such as boilers and home insulation.

The cashback offer will be available next month for individual householders, with private landlords and social and private tenants eligible to apply.

Homeowners will be able to apply for 75% of the cost of solid wall insulation – up to a maximum of £6,000. As much as £1,200 will also be available for a range of other recommended efficiency measures such as loft insulation and condensing boilers, including heating controls.

The initiative is the equivalent to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) launched in England and Wales earlier this month.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing believes rising energy prices “remain a huge concern for this government” and claims Scotland invested £36.48 million on average on fuel poverty compared to just £3.52 million in England, £31.31 in Wales and £27.55 in Northern Ireland.

“Scotland is outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures that is saving householders’ money. 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. What’s clear however is that we need the full powers of independence to avoid the delays and dallying we’ve seen from the UK Government.”