Heat Pump Grants Scotland

Jul 1, 2022Government Grant, Scotland0 comments

Heat Pump Grants in Scotland

Free heat pumps and Scottish government funding grants for home energy improvement

Get a government backed grant or funding to reduce your energy bills with a low carbon heat pump

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Government grants and funding in Scotland for heat pump upgrades

The Scottish government’s Heat in Buildings strategy, published in October 2021, set the target of switching one million homes to zero emissions heating by 2030. Free heat pumps and other types of energy efficiency grant funding are set to play a crucial role in achieving this reduction in carbon levels in Scotland.

Around 21% of emissions in Scotland come from domestic properties. In the home your boiler and heating system accounts for around 70% of these emissions. The cost of heating your home is becoming increasingly expensive so our governments are now looking ar more efficient and cheaper ways to deliver energy to domestic properties. This is why heat pumps are seen as the best alternative to the more traditional types of heating and hot water systems.

Free Heat Pumps & Grants in Scotland

Government grants for free heat pumps in Scotland now available through the updated Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

Households who claim specific benefits in these areas can now claim 100% grant funding to install new heat pumps and insulation free of charge.

Energy efficient heating

With domestic heating being responsible for a large proportion 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 Scotland.

Fuel Poverty In Rural Scotland

The Scottish Government estimates that 67% of rural properties in Scotland 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.

Fuel poverty in rural Scotland

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 Scottish 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.

 

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Introduction Of Heat Pump Grants

Heat pumps are a low carbon heating system that absorb 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 Scotland.

How do air source heat pumps work?

Air to water heating is more energy efficient than traditional fossil fuel because no fuel source is required. Traditional boilers require a combustible fuel source which is passed through a burner and heat exchanger to provide hot water for your system. When fuel such as oil, gas or LPG is burnt it releases harmful emissions into the environment,

Heat pumps do not requre a fuel source. They absorb moisture from the outside air and compress it to provide heat. The heat energy they provide is up to 4 or 5 times the energy they use to power the system.

Typically an air source heat pump generates four times more energy than it uses, so it is 400% energy efficient. Most gas boilers, for example are between 70% and 90% efficient. 

 

How Do Heat Pump 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 in Scotland 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 Scottish 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.

 

About Us

Heat-pump.org.uk is part of Scottish Energy Grants. We have been at the forefront of providing Scottish households with access to insulation and heating grants for over 10 years. Our network of installers are fully accredited and part of the new Government Trustmark Scheme.

 

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