Press Release:
Scottish Government funding for Energy Efficiency upgrades now available

Release Date 13 April 2015

Following today's launch by the Scottish Government of its new HEEPS Cashback and Interest Free Loan schemes, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging Scottish householders to contact its members to take advantage of the schemes to upgrade their property's energy efficiency.

Under the new phase of the HEEPS Cashback scheme Scottish householders can claim up £5,800 and apply for:

- 75% of the cost of Solid Wall Insulation up to a maximum of £4,500, and;

- Up to £1200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures, from within three categories including cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, draught proofing and boilers.

- Up to £100 refund for their Green Deal Advice Report if at least one recommended measure is installed

Households in Scotland can now also apply for an interest free loan of up to £10,000 for installing a variety of measures including solid wall, cavity wall, loft and roof insulation, draught proofing and boilers.

The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords in Scotland. The repayment period varies based on the amount borrowed but those taking out higher value loans for solid wall insulation for example will be able to pay back over 10 years.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA commented: "We welcome the new Cashback and Loan schemes which will make home insulation even more affordable and we are urging householders in Scotland to contact their local NIA member to find out if their home requires additional insulation and for details of these new schemes.

"By installing SWI savings of up to £455* per year can be made on fuel bills and £275* per year from CWI. Loft Insulation can also save up to £240* per year and Draught-proofing windows and doors can save between £25 and £50* per year and when installed with other measures will greatly increase the comfort in a home."

Householders can be safe in the knowledge that an NIA member will have signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice, meaning peace of mind comes as standard.

To find a local NIA member and details on the HEEPS Cashback and loan schemes, householders and landlords in Scotland should visit the NIA website www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.


* Figures from Energy Saving Trust and valid for 2015.

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