Home owners in East Lothian are now eligible for the government’s interest free home loans scheme under the Universal Home Insulation Scheme initiative (UHIS). You can borrow between £500 – £10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of your home or install renewable technology in your home (please note that loans are only available up to a maximum of £4,000 for solar photovoltaic (PV), wind turbines and small scale hydro technologies). Loans are interest free so you only pay back what you borrow. Applicants can pay back the loan in monthly instalments over a maximum of eight years.
The loan can be used for :
- Installing cavity wall or solid wall insulation and/or loft insulation
- Installing renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, solar photovoltaic, solar water and space heating, heat pumps (ground, air and water source), small scale hydro and wood fueled boiler systems.
- Replacing old, inefficient boilers with an Energy Saving Trust recommended boiler. Loans however, cannot be combined with an Energy Saving Scotland boiler scrappage scheme voucher.
To find out more about the scheme see the Energy Saving Trust grants and offers or contact your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on freephone 0800 512 012.