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Are you a social housing provider looking for support to improve the energy efficiency of your housing stock?  We can help.

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) requires social housing providers to achieve SAP rating targets for specified house types by 2020, with new targets being set up to 2050.

To achieve these targets you may need to plan improvement programmes, identify funding support and overcome barriers, such as when owner occupiers block works.

Support for social housing providers

Energy Saving Trust can support you through the following:

  • Free, expert, impartial advice and funding support We can offer you advice on procurement, sourcing funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and how to make your properties more energy efficient and warmer for tenants. For more information call Mark McArthur, ECO Support Manager, at or 0131 555 7913.

    You can also get in touch with Home Energy Scotland to find out more about local schemes and support by calling 0808 808 2282 for free, impartial advice or requesting a call back

  • HEEPS Loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords (RSL) is now open for new applications in 2019/20. Interest free loans of up to £1m are available to help RSLs complete energy saving improvements to their housing stock.  Applications can be submitted until 30th November 2019, subject to available funding. To find out more about the scheme please visit the HEEPS: Loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords webpage.

  • Information and insight Home Analytics is a unique record of energy efficiency installations that have been implemented in the domestic building stock, taking into account every address and systematically accounting for skews and biases in the underlying datasets.  

    It can help social housing providers plan, deliver and monitor progress on programmes to improve energy efficiency and alleviate fuel poverty. 

    For information about the datasets available in Home Analytics, eligibility criteria, how to access Home Analytics and user guides and documentation, please visit Home Analytics.

  • The Green Network for Social Housing The Green Network for Social Housing can connect you with other social housing providers with an interest in installing renewables or improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.

    This enables you to share experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm.

  • District Heating Loans scheme The Scottish Government’s district heating loan fund is designed to help address the financial and technical barriers to district heating projects.

    Loans up to £500K are available as low interest unsecured loans, with repayment terms of either 10 or 15 years. Loans  for larger projects (over £500K) will also be considered on a case by case basis.  A typical interest rate of 3.5 per cent applies for low risk projects (including those delivered by RSL’s). 

    Since 2011, more than £10M has been lent to 40 different projects across Scotland.  These projects have generated benefits such as providing affordable warmth to householders, creating local employment, reducing costs for businesses and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    For more information, please complete and send this expression of interest form to We will then contact you to discuss your project in more detail and help you with your application. Alternatively visit District Heating Loan scheme.

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