Energy Saving Trust delivers specialist, impartial advice on heat pumps to householders in Scotland through Home Energy Scotland. We provide financial support for these systems via the Home Energy Scotland loan, on behalf of the Scottish Government.
In 2020-21, the service supported homeowners to purchase and install 849 heat pumps, offering £8.3m in grants and loans to boost uptake and help overcome cost barriers. Powered by electricity, heat pumps capture freely available heat energy from the environment and boost its temperature for indoor use.
Anthony Kyriakides, head of renewables, said: “In December, the Scottish Government added a grant element to existing loan funding. Instead of a loan of up to £10,000, households could access a grant or cashback of up to £7,500 and then top up via the loan.” This support continues in 2021.
Financial incentives are part of the Scottish Government’s plan to double the number of domestic heat pump installations annually. According to the UK Government, 600,000 installations will be needed each year by 2028 to meet decarbonisation targets. Says Anthony: “The switch to heat pumps has already started. You can’t just leap to those targets overnight. We need to build it up, year to year. Crucial to this growth will be impartial advice and financial support for homeowners so they are aware of their options and make the best decision for them. We’re here to support them with their contribution to a net zero society.”
Energy Saving Trust also provided £4.5m to North Glasgow Housing Association via the Scottish Government’s District Heating Loan. Funds enabled heat pumps to be installed on the roofs of six residential blocks, benefiting 400 residents with lower cost heating.
“This innovative scheme,” says Anthony, “is a marker for what we want to do more of. As well as cutting carbon emissions and creating local green jobs, we’re taking people out of fuel poverty.”
And through the sustainable energy supply chain programme – a collaboration with Home Energy Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland, and the Energy Skills Partnership – Energy Saving Trust is helping installers access new opportunities by upskilling in renewables and energy efficient solutions like heat pumps.