Landlords can apply for a grant of up to £1,200 through the Green Homes Cashback scheme for a whole range of measures such as a boiler, double glazing, insulation, LED light bulbs and heating controls.
They can combine this with an interest free loan from the Small Business Loans scheme of up to £100,000 if further funds are needed.
Landlords can combine this grant with an interest free loan from the Small Business Loans Scheme of up to £100,000 if further funds are needed.
To apply please contact your local Home Energy Scotland 0808 808 2282, and ask to speak to a Business Advisor or visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
The Scottish Government is offering private sector landlords up to £500 towards replacing old and inefficient appliances in their rented properties.
Eligible appliances include:
All appliances purchased need to have an A++ or higher energy rating.
The grant value will depend on the appliance being replaced and the efficiency rating of the new one purchased.
For full details on the scheme including eligibility requirements and measures, please visit the Energy Saving Trust.
These offers are open on a first-come first served basis.
In order to apply for financial assistance you should phone your local Home Energy Scotland 0808 808 2282 to discuss your plans.
They will check there is no other financial assistance available for this work and help with an initial eligibility check, as only certain measures are eligible are eligible for the cashback scheme.
The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre will then refer you to the cash back scheme if you are deemed a suitable candidate.
There are several other steps that you will need to take before you obtain financial assistance, for more information about these steps please refer to the Energy Saving Trustwebsite.
For further information about the Green Homes Cashback Scheme please refer to the Energy Saving Trust website.
Update (24 July 2015): The UK Government has decided to stop funding the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC). The GDFC was set up to lend money to Green Deal providers.
If you're a consumer:
You won't be affected if your Green Deal improvements have already been made and you're making repayments through your electricity bill. Your Green Deal provider will still be responsible for any warranties or maintenance specified in your contract with them.
Contact your provider if you're in the process of arranging energy efficient improvements to your property through the Green Deal.
Contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 for other advice on energy efficient improvements you can make to your home.
Funding from the big six energy suppliers to support energy improvements for people on certain benefits, for those in solid wall properties and for households in the poorest parts of the country.
Find out more about Green Deal and ECO.
On-going financial support for people generating electricity from renewable sources such as solar PV and wind.
Find out more about generating your own energy.
A one-off payment to households installing renewable heating systems such as heat pumps, wood boilers or solar water heating.
Find out about phase 2 of the RHPP.
CARES has been established by the Scottish Government to encourage the local or community ownership of renewable energy across Scotland. It's a one stop shop for support, advice and loans to community groups and rural businesses who wish to generate renewable energy.
Find out about CARES
When you have certain energy saving materials and equipment installed in your house, you may be charged a lower rate of VAT than normal.
Your building contractor should charge these lower rates on the installation work as well as on the materials and equipment itself. If the materials and equipment go into a new house at the time of construction, you don't pay any VAT at all.
There are only certain materials and equipment that can be charged at the lower rate when installed. However, the range is wider if the job is being funded by certain grants, so it's worth seeing if you can get an appropriate grant for the installation.
Your building contractor will know what work attracts the reduced rate of VAT and will charge you at the correct rate. This guide gives you an idea of the kind of work that is charged at the lower rate.
Installation of any of the following qualifies for the lower rate of VAT:
You can only get these lower rates if the energy saving materials are actually installed, and the work is done on your home. You'll be charged the lower rate on the installation work itself as well as the materials.
You'll also get the lower rate on any necessary extra work that needs to be done as part of the installation - this doesn't apply if you're having them installed as part of a larger project such as building a new roof or an extension, or installing a central heating system.
You can't get the lower rate of VAT on all energy saving materials and equipment. The following aren't covered by the scheme:
However, you may be able to get a grant towards the cost of installing energy saving equipment, some of which then becomes eligible for the lower rate of VAT.
See the section in this guide on grants for energy saving equipment.
If you get a grant towards the installation of certain energy saving equipment, and it's being installed in your main or only home, you'll pay a lower rate of VAT.
If you're 60 or older, you'll get the lower rate on the installation, maintenance or repair of a central heating system, and a renewable source heating system.
If you get one of the following benefits, you'll get the lower rate on the installation of heating appliances such as specific types of immersion heaters, boilers, storage heaters, gas heaters and radiators:
The reduced rate of VAT also applies to grant-funded repairs and replacements of this kind of equipment, even if the original system was not grant-funded.
Home Energy Advice Team
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000