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Delivering for Scotland #2: Home Energy Efficiency Programmes

Heating and cooling our homes and businesses costs £2.6 billion a year and accounts for approximately half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Under the SNP, energy efficiency has been designated a national priority in Scotland – key to meeting our ambitious climate change targets and to tackling fuel poverty.

The SNP believes that everyone should be able to afford to keep their home warm in winter, and in government has worked with homeowners, landlords and tenants to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. By using more efficient, low-carbon sources of heating and making sure that buildings are properly insulated, the energy used to heat or cool our homes stays inside – and less energy is wasted for everyone.

By the end of 2021, the SNP Scottish Government will have allocated over £1 billion since 2009 through its energy efficiency programmes to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat. This is in addition to passing the world-leading Fuel Poverty Bill, ensuring families who struggle to heat their homes are given the right support.

This SNP government is delivering the Energy Efficient Scotland programme to improve efficiency across Scotland, and support all buildings to achieve a good rating over the next 15 to 20 years. It also continues to fund Home Energy Scotland – a free advice service managed by the Energy Saving Trust which, among other things, offers direction on securing grants and 0% loans for upgrades.

Warmer Homes Scotland, the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, offers funding and support to homeowners and tenants alike struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills. It is accessed by calling Home Energy Scotland, who will check what support is available and put eligible households in touch with Warmworks, the managing agent.

The SNP Scottish Government recently published its Heat in Buildings Strategy, and if re-elected will significantly scale up the pace of work in order to meet the targets from 2025. The SNP manifesto commits £1.6 billion to decarbonise the heating of 1 million homes by 2030.