Free heat pumps offered to homeowners in South East Scotland

Warmworks and Changeworks are working together with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project to householders in South East Scotland. Funded as part of the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, the project is aiming to recruit 250 homeowners to receive free heat pumps in their properties. 
 

This new project will install a range of different heat pumps, a renewable form of domestic heating, in homes across the region; the majority of which will be privately owned and on the gas grid. The project aims to make homes warmer and more energy efficient over the longer term, as well as reducing householders’ reliance on fossil fuels and traditional sources of heat.  

The UK as a whole adopted a target last year to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, and Scotland’s Climate Change Bill commits to achieving that milestone by 2045. Since heat accounts for more than a third of our current carbon emissions, it is one of the biggest challenges in decarbonisation. With around 80% of Scottish homes currently relying on gas central heating, the Government recognises that replacing fossil-fuelled gas boilers with heat pumps could make a very substantial contribution to achieving targets. 

The project opens to potential participants in the Borders in July 2020. Changeworks, a leading environmental charity based in Edinburgh, will work with Warmworks to lead a programme of activity to find applicants for the project. Warmworks will work closely with a range of registered, local installation companies to deliver the project and oversee the process, ensuring that customers experience a first-class, streamlined service. The installation phase of the project will last approximately one year, with the outcomes of the programme published by BEIS once all monitoring and evaluation is complete.   

Donna Marshall, Head of Low Carbon Communities for Changeworks, said: “Homeowners won’t have to pay anything towards the cost of the heat pump system as installation is covered through funding from BEIS. I encourage anyone that may interested in installing this technology in their homes to get in contact with Changeworks to see if their home might be suitable.” 

If you are interested in finding out whether your home may be suitable, you can contact Changeworks on 0131 539 8609 or heatpump@changeworks.org.uk 

Find out more information on Warmworks’ website: https://www.warmworks.co.uk/electrification-of-heat/