Glasgow City Council has secured grant income from the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme in Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) to deliver external wall insulation works and improve owner-occupied property energy efficiency in non-traditional properties. The Association has worked closely with the City Council and Home Energy Scotland to progress this development over several years and provide affordable improvements for owner-occupiers in Cadder.
The Association held Open evenings for owner-occupiers in February 2018 in the Cadder Community Centre, which was attended by Glasgow City Council, Everwarm (Contractor), Home Energy Scotland and Care & Repair Glasgow. The City Council and their contractor, Everwarm gave eligible owners’ advice on the process for installing the external wall insulation, as well as details of the cost of £1,050. Owners were also able to meet representatives from Home Energy Scotland and Care & Repair Glasgow to discuss payment arrangements to spread the cost through an interest free loan or defer the payment where it would be secured to their equity through another Scottish Government initiative.
Everwarm have commenced surveys of owner-occupiers properties where they are eligible for this grant and owners have expressed an interest. Everwarm expect to commence the first installation of the external wall insulation to owners’ properties in March 2018 in Cadder.
The Scottish Government HEEPS: ABS fund does not provide grant funding to owner-occupiers living in traditional construction properties. However, at a separate session Home Energy Scotland and Care & Repair Glasgow gave owners advice on how they could reduce their energy costs through other energy initiatives or could afford improvements through other options.
The Association’s Director, Kenny Mollins said, ‘We were delighted that many owners attended the Open evenings and are interested in this project, also to get advice on how they could reduce their energy costs. This project gives many owner-occupiers in the area the opportunity to improve their home and to make it warm and comfortable whilst reducing their energy costs. We would like to thank Glasgow City Council for securing the HEEPS: ABS funding and procuring this contract, which will make the cost of these improvements affordable to owner-occupiers. We would also like to thank Home Energy Scotland for their sterling work through the development of this project and together with Care & Repair Glasgow giving owners the opportunity to afford these improvements. We were delighted the contractor, Everwarm could attend the Open evenings to meet owner-occupiers and advise them of the specification of works and installation process. We look forward to working with Everwarm in this project to improve owner-occupiers’ homes.
Kenny further stated, ‘ There are many owner-occupiers who have not expressed an interest in this project and we would encourage owners either eligible or ineligible for the HEEPS grant and these improvements to contact Home Energy Scotland, where they will either register their interest and/or provide advice to support owners with payment arrangements and reduce their energy costs’.
Owner-occupiers can contact the following to discuss this project:
- Home Energy Scotland 0808 808 2282
- Glasgow City Council 0141 287 8450
- Care & Repair Glasgow (Stephen Kelly) 0141 422 4815
Pictures of Everwarm’s representatives advising owner-occupiers on the specification of work
Picture of Alan Crawford, Home Energy Scotland providing owner-occupiers with details of interest free payment arrangements for the project and other services they provide to reduce householders’ energy costs.
Picture of Stephen Kelly, Care & Repair Glasgow providing advice to owner-occupiers on deferring the cost of the improvement work against their property through a Scottish Government grant.