Grants are available to install the following energy efficiency measures to your home:
- External wall insulation
- Internal wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Underfloor insulation
To qualify, your home must be Council Tax Band A, B, or C (or D provided your household annual income is £20,000 or less)
Householders in Council Tax Band D and above on all islands in Argyll and Bute are also eligible, if the property has an energy rating of E or below
To register your interest for the scheme, or for any other home energy efficiency enquiries, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282
Argyll and Bute Council’s Housing Service is committed to helping private home owners and tenants improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce their fuel bills and help to ensure they can live in warm, dry homes. For all energy efficiency improvement schemes, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.
Housing Association tenants should contact their landlord in the first instance for advice and assistance.
The Home Energy Efficiency Team aims to:
- Deliver the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland : Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) grant programme for home owners across Argyll & Bute.
- Direct home owners to Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for advice on home energy, fuel poverty, grant and other financial support programmes.
- Promote and coordinate the work of local organisations with common aims of improving home energy efficiency, reducing fuel poverty and making a positive change to the challenges of climate change.
The Scottish Government defines fuel poverty as follows:
‘A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use.’
The main causes of fuel poverty are energy inefficient homes; high fuel costs and low incomes.
There are three ways to reduce the risks of fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
- Make you home more energy efficient by improving insulation to walls, roofs and floors and improving the efficiency of your heating and electrical goods.
- Reducing the cost of your fuel by ensuring you are on the best tariff rate.
- Maximizing your income.
There are numerous financial schemes available to help all private owners, tenants and landlords together with regional and local agencies to give advice and support. Most housing associations will have services to aid and assist their tenants.
The Scottish Government have established a home energy advice agency called Home Energy Scotland. They have information on all available funding programmes available in Argyll and Bute and are the entry point for most energy efficiency schemes. This includes the HEEPS: ABS programme managed by the Council. Contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282
The following grant schemes are currently available in Argyll and Bute:
- HEEPS: ABS - The HEEPS: ABS insulation programme is eligible for Council Tax Band A-C properties (and D with an income of less than £20,000) across private households and landlords in Argyll and Bute.
- Warmer Homes Scotland – The Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme provides heating replacement and insulation measures
- Equity Loan Scheme – The Equity Loan Scheme allows for householders to take equity out of their property to fund repairs and energy efficiency works
- Home Energy Scotland Loan – The Home Energy Scotland Loan can provide interest free loan funding for energy efficiency measures
- Home Energy Scotland can also provide wide ranging advice and information and can refer to other agencies. Local agencies listed below may also be able to help with individual advice and support and can be contacted direct.
In addition to specialist energy advice agencies Argyll and Bute Council provides a comprehensive Welfare Rights service across Argyll and Bute to help make sure people on low incomes are receiving the statutory financial help they are entitled to.
Our Partners include the following:
- Home Energy Scotland - Freephone 0808 8082282
- ALIenergy, covering the whole of Argyll and Bute - Contact 01631 565183
- Registered Social Landlords and Housing Associations: ACHA, Dunbritton HA, Fyne Homes and West Highland HA
- Local Energy Scotland
- Argyll and Bute Care and Repair
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Islay Energy Trust
- Iona Renewables
All of these organisations are members of the Argyll and Bute Energy Efficiency Forum.
Climate change is expected to influence warmer, wetter weather in Scotland, providing more irregular and harsher weather conditions. This will have an adverse effect on housing through increased levels of condensation, damp and mould. In 2009, the Scottish Government announced the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, which highlighted the most ambitious climate change targets in the world. These targets are:
A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 42% by 2020, based on 1990 levels
A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels
Argyll and Bute Council are working towards these targets through the various energy efficiency programmes and initiative outlined above. This ensures that we are working towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions; adapting to climate change; and ensuring that advice and support is in place to assist people to live a more sustainable and energy efficient lifestyle.
If you have any queries regarding Energy Efficiency or Fuel Poverty then please contact:
Alasdair Calder, Home Energy Efficiency Officer,
Tel: 01631 567880, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aileen Semple, Housing Improvement Assistant - Energy Efficiency
Tel: 01586 559031, E-Mail: Aileen.Semple@argyll-bute.gov.uk
Or write to the above officers at:
Argyll and Bute Council, Lorn House, Albany Street, Oban PA34 4AR
Alternatively, you can contact Home Energy Scotland, the national energy efficiency Freephone helpline on: 0808 808 2282