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Air source heat pump grants in Dumfries & Galloway – ECO Grant Scheme

ECO is a government-backed energy efficiency grant scheme designed to reduce energy bills and lower carbon levels. Eligible households can claim 100% grant funding for free solar panels, heat pumps and home insulation.

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Free Heat Pumps in Dumfries & Galloway

Free air source heat pumps are now available in Dumfries & Galloway via the Government’s Energy Company Obligation grant scheme.

ECO heat pump grants are designed to help reduce the impact of rising energy bills and help families get out of fuel poverty.

Households who claim certain benefits in rural parts of the Dumfries & Galloway area can now claim 100% grant funding to install a free heat pumps and wall insulation insulation at no cost.

Installing either solid wall insulation or cavity insulation along with a heat pump can mean savings of up to 60% on domestic heating bills. If you are eligible for a grant the installer will fit your heat pump and insulation free of charge. You don’t have to pay any money back.

Energy efficient heating

With domestic heating being responsible for up to 33% of carbon emissions in Scotland, the new ECO4 grant scheme is designed to make these homes more energy efficient by providing effective wall insulation and upgrading their heating systems to an air source heat pump.

Heat pumps are a new type of  energy efficient heating system that use heat from the outside air or ground to provide hot water for your central heating and taps inside your home.

Generally, heat pumps can be split into two categories: ground source – where heat is drawn from the ground, and air source – where heat is collected from the ambient air and compressed to provide heating for your home. Currently government grants are only available for free air source heat pumps in the Dumfries area.

Fuel Poverty In Dumfries & Galloway

The Scottish Government estimates that 67% of rural properties in Dumfries and Galloway are off the gas grid. The majority of these homes are heated by oil, LPG or electric heating. A large percentage of these properties are also stone built and have inadequate insulation. Historically properties which fall into this category are amongst the worst in terms of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Fuel and Poverty Statement (2002) determines that a family is living in fuel poverty if more than 10% of household income is spent on heating their home to an acceptable and comfortable level. Citizens Advice Scotland.

In addition to increasing fuel costs, rural areas are more typically more succeptible to extreme weather and lower average earnings. All of this contributes to a necessary action plan to provide cheaper and lower carbon heating systems in rural homes. 

Heat pumps are a low carbon alternative to traditional fossil fuel boilers. They are cheap to run and can substantially reduce heating costs in all property types.


How Do The Grants Work?

Property eligibility

Thousands of rural properties have thus far not benefited from previous grant schemes as they are stone built and many have oil or LPG central heating. Earlier versions of ECO focused on energy efficiency measures like cavity wall and loft insulation. Some funding has been available in previous years to replace gas boilers.

From July 2022 until March 2026 ECO will focus on properties which are currently heated by oil or LPG central heating. There will also be limited funding for first time central heating systems for electric and solid fuel heated properties. Funding is also available for properties which have non-condensing gas boilers which are over 20 years old.

If your home falls into one of these categories and you live in a rural area, you may be eligible to have a new air source heat pump installed completely free of charge.

As with other heat pump schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), your property must meet the minimum insulation requirements before a new central heating system is installed with a grant.

If your property needs solid wall insulation and roof insulation this will also need to be installed for free along with a heat pump. All heating syetems will inslude smart controls and room thermostats to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.

New occupant eligibility for heating and insulation grants

Homeowners and private tenants in rural areas who live in properties that meet the criteria are considered eligible for an ECO grant if a member of the household claims one of the following benefits –

  • Working Tax Credits
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Child Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income based ESA
  • Income based JSA
  • Pension savings Credit
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Warm Homes Discount

It must be noted that in addition to occupant grant eligibility a property meet the minimum insulation requirements for heat pump installation and must fall within a postcode area determined as rural.


Areas in Dumfries & Galloway we cover

We have a network of Trustmark accredited heat pump installers throughout the whole of the Dumfries & Galloway region.

All of our heat pump and wall insulation installers are accredited members of the newly formed Trustmark scheme. This is a  body which oversees the quality of all retrofit energy efficiency measures and manages the accreditation of installers and surveyors.

We can provide access to heat pump installation grants in the following areas in the Dumfries Area –

  1. Dumfries
  2. Stranraer
  3. Annan
  4. Gretna
  5. Lockerbie
  6. Newton Stewart
  7. Kirkudbright
  8. Castle Douglas

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Apply for a free heat pump and insulation

All properties must be fully insulated before an air source heat pump is installed for free.  If your home insulation needs upgraded this will also be covered by a government grant. However it is a prerequisite to getting a new heat pump.


About Us a resource for accessing energy grants. We have been at the forefront of providing Scottish and UK households with access to insulation and heating grants for over 10 years. Our network of heat pump installers are fully accredited and part of the new Government Trustmark Scheme. is part of ECO GEN LIMITED
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Trustmark Heat Pump Installers

Our network of heat pump installers and insulation contractors are Trustmark registered. Trustmark is a new body set up by the government to ensure quality of workmanship amongst contractors and installers for the ECO Grant scheme. Find out more about Trustmark heating installers.

Free Heat Pump Grant Scheme in Scotland

The Energy Company Obligation is a government-backed scheme which aims to help meet Net Zero targets. 30% of carbon emissions in the UK are caused by domestic boilers and heating systems. Grants for free heat pumps, insulation and solar panels are seen as a major contributor to reducing harmful emissions and helping lower income families in Scotland escape fuel poverty.