Combating fuel poverty

Help and advice

There are many reasons why people can find it hard to pay their fuel bills . You might hear this called 'fuel poverty'.

The key factors that can contribute to fuel poverty are:

  • The energy efficiency of the property (the energy required to heat and power the home)
  • The cost of energy
  • Household income

The Scottish Government aims to make sure that by November 2016 people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland. Read The Scottish Government's fuel poverty policy.

The Highland Housing Strategy sets out how we will try to end fuel poverty in the Highlands by 2016.

How to get help

Make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to

  • Speak to our Income Maximisation Team
  • Citizens Advice Bureau can give you free advice if you are having problems paying your fuel bills


Grants and funding

There are a number of energy efficiency schemes which offer grants to eligible households, such as The Warm Home Discount Scheme.

For more information, please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.

Increasing the energy efficiency of your home will reduce fuel bills


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