19 Mar 2020
We've put together some information to help reassure customers and partners that we're still open and working hard to support households to stay warm:
How is the Home Energy Scotland service affected by the current coronavirus outbreak?
We’re still open as usual and able to receive calls, make outbound calls and send emails as normal, and our systems are fully functional. We are operating without any real disruption to our telephone service however staff are now home based and we’re closely monitoring how this goes. We are still able to post out letters at the moment, however due to many staff being home based there may be some delay to letters going out. Where possible, we will send emails instead.
Is outreach work still taking place?
Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and their families, and therefore we are now cancelling all home visits and face-to-face outreach activity until further notice. Where we can, we will offer this advice by phone or digitally.
Is Warmer Homes Scotland still open?
Following the recent update and change of guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Warmworks, the managing agent for the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, have agreed the following with the Scottish Government in relation to delivery of the scheme:
Are events and workshops still going ahead?
We’ve now cancelled or rescheduled all our events and workshops. Where we can, we will communicate directly with registered attendees to advise of new dates or alternative options such as webinars.
At the moment all loan schemes remain open as usual, subject to availability and terms and conditions – nothing has changed and the customer service team that administer the loans are operational, making the shift from office to home working too. Customers may experience some longer waiting times as we get this organised. Disruption to third party services (eg installers) is highly likely too, and we recommend that customers stay in touch with us regarding ongoing applications. We’ve made it easier for customers to access payment holidays on our loans. Existing loan customers can access a payment holiday request form here.
Can partner organisations still make referrals to Home Energy Scotland?
We’re encouraging partners to refer their clients to Home Energy Scotland, especially if they’re finding it hard to stay warm and keep up with their bills. We’re staying up to date with developments in the energy sector and we are working with Scottish Government to ensure that our support remains available to the most vulnerable households in Scotland. Please continue to refer using our portal at https://hespartnerships.est.org.uk/ or find your local partnerships contact here.
Are ebike trials still available?
Our ebike trials have been suspended to protect customers and Home Energy Scotland colleagues. If you are currently trialling an ebike from us, we will be in touch directly.
Don't forget you can contact us online or by phone on 0808 808 2282 our advice is free and impartial.