SUPPORT TO REDUCE ENERGY USAGE

Dumfries & Galloway homeowners will be able to apply for 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40% cashback up to £6,000 for energy efficiency measures.

This is in addition to the £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme for SMEs which opened for applications last week.

Ms Harper commented;

“I welcome this excellent initiative which encourages more energy efficiency within our homes and I’m sure this will be attractive to many homeowners across Dumfries & Galloway. This is just one incentive the Scottish Government has launched demonstrating its commitment to generating sustainable, renewable energy efficiency with a target of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied by renewable sources by 2030.

“I’d encourage homeowners to check and see if they’re eligible to take advantage of this incentive with benefits for both the homeowner in terms of energy efficiency and Scotland as a whole as we move to a greener, more sustainable future.”

Councillor Dougie Campbell, said;

“As the Environment Champion for Dumfries and Galloway Council I’m delighted to support this very welcome Scottish Government funding initiative and I want to encourage home owners in the region to apply. As we begin the transition away from fossil fuel energy sources to renewables this funding will be very beneficial to home owners and can enable them to install renewable energy heating systems and energy saving measures which otherwise might have been too expensive. A significant amount of carbon emissions which cause climate change will be eliminated as a result and will greatly support our Council’s ambition to be a carbon neutral region by 2025.”

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

“This new scheme is part of our ongoing work to support people to install renewable heat measures and the improve energy efficiency in homes across Scotland while we also seek to stimulate development of local supply chains.

“The Scottish Government already provides a substantial free advice and support service to Scottish households to support them to make the transition to renewable heat and improve energy efficiency in their homes.

“Through this new cashback incentive homeowners could receive up to £13,500 of Scottish Government support, helping them to improve energy efficiency in their homes, reduce energy usage and save money on their bills.

“This new scheme is part of our action to reduce emissions from heating our buildings and to support a green economic recovery from COVID-19 and I hope suitably qualified businesses are able to also pick up some valuable local work. Our wider package of work to support the recovery includes a £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme which opened to SMEs last week.”

The cashback offering for owners of domestic premises is an extension of the Home Energy Scotland loan scheme which offers interest free loans for those wishing to install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes.

Through the new offering, £4.5 million will be allocated across the new incentive to offer homeowners a 75% cash back up to £7,500 for renewable heat measures and an enhanced 40% cashback for energy efficiency measures up to £6,000. Both incentives operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of financial year 2020/21.

More information about the cashback grant scheme to encourage homeowners can be found on the Home Energy Scotland website.

More information about the SME loan scheme cashback, which launched last week, including how to apply, is available on the Zero Waste Scotland website.