Area Based Schemes

Since 2007, a new approach to creating warmer, more fuel efficient and sustainable communities was developed the Energy Agency through its Community Energy Programmes. By combining funding streams, the Energy Agency was able to offer all households, in a selected geographical community, an energy efficiency solution to their household along with appropriate energy advice, regardless of house type and ownership. 

Working in partnership with the Councils and other organisations, the same holistic model isbeing applied in rural and urban communities throughout our area. All available funding sources are combined such as government initiatives and utility funding to obtain maximum benefit.  For some projects, where full funding is not available, households are invited to make a small contribution.  This is an extremely successful way to achieve carbon reductions and promote sustainability in local communities.

This model has won the Energy Savers Award from Energy Action Scotland 2007, the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2007, an International Ashden Award 2008, the European Commission ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award 2010, the powerPerfector Energy Award 2012.

The Energy Agency currently manages the Councils’ Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland - Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS) on behalf of East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway. 

In 2015 we were successful in receiving Runner-Up in the National Home Insulation Council Awards and finalists in the Herald Society Awards. In 2017 we went on to win Large Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards, The Energy Awards and National Home Insulation Council Awards. In 2018 we were commended at the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards