Meet Ruth

Ruth installed an air source heat pump at the 150-year-old stone cottage she was renovating to rent out.

She applied for an interest-free loan, funded by the Scottish Government, to help cover the costs. Without this, Ruth says she wouldn’t have installed “because we had so much else to pay for during the renovation.” The energy savings she’ll make will help to cover her interest-free loan repayments.

Ruth’s cottage is now fully renovated. She says “everyone who’s visited has been really impressed with how warm the house is and that there’s constant hot water" and her tenants “love that the house is warm and cosy”.

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Philippa, whose heat pump was quick to install, says "we're really pleased to have been able to make such a significant step in reducing our carbon footprint".

John and Laura

John and Laura say their renewables systems "are keeping our costs down" and that "once you have a heat pump, you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner".


Gordon says the decision to install a heat pump and solar panels in the home his family were building "was definitely one worth making.”


Jim, who switched to a ground source heat pump when his old oil system became unreliable, is impressed by its reliability, cost and energy efficiency. He says “I wouldn’t go back.”

David and Pauline

David and Pauline says they installed because “reducing our home’s total energy use just made sense. If you want to reduce your carbon emissions, heat pumps are great."


Toby says “We couldn’t have installed without the Home Energy Scotland Loan. The assistance available from the Scottish Government was a real no-brainer.”