The scheme offers a free home energy check to anyone. This energy survey will provide you with information about he existing state of your properties efficiency, and provide suggestions where improvements or savings can be made. You do not have to be in receipt of benefits, retired or in ill health to obtain this free home energy check.
The scheme can also make an assessment of your personal circumstances, as you might not be aware of tax credits and benefits you are entitled to. You will also be provided advice about energy tariffs and insulation grants you could be eligible for which could help you save money on your energy bills.
As well as all the free advice provided, if you meet certain criteria, you might be eligible for a boiler grant or other grants up to £6500. This could be spent on;
- Installing a new boiler
- Insulating internal and external walls
- Insulating lofts
- Providing heating controls
To qualify for a grant of this type you will need to own your property or rent from a private landlord. You must have also occupied the property for a minimum of one year 1.
You or your partner must be:
- aged 60 or over and have no central heating system present.
Or your home must have a poor energy rating and you or your partner:
- are 75 or over
- or are in receipt of the Carers’ Allowance
- or receive qualifying benefits and fit any of these descriptions:
- are pregnant
- are 60 or over
- or there is a child under 16 in the household
- receive the highest rate of the care component or the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance2
- are terminally ill (in receipt of DS1500 certificate)2
1 If you are terminally ill you do not need to have lived in your property for at least one year.
2 If you fit this description you must also receive a qualifying benefit other than disability living allowance.
If you’re 75 or over or 60 or over with no central heating system present, you don’t need benefits to qualify.
- Guarantee element of pension credit
- Child tax credit or working tax credit, within certain thresholds
- Attendance allowance
- Disability living allowance
- Employment and support allowance
- Income support, income based jobseekers allowance
- Housing benefit
- Council tax benefit
- Industrial injuries disablement benefit which includes a constant attendance allowance.
- War disablement pension which includes a mobility supplement or a constant attendance allowance
For full details about the scheme, and how to apply, contact the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800512 012 or visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/