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Go green and save

Lower my carbon footprint

At home and on the road, new technology is increasingly focused on reducing our impact on the environment. Whether you’re planning a home renovation or just planning on using a greener way to get around, we’ve got you covered with free impartial advice, tools, and even financial support.

Find out about the ways we can help.

Create a greener home

We’re a nation of home improvers. Having a warm home, improving comfort and reducing fuel bills are big priorities for homeowners in Scotland. Now, you can do all of these things whilst also making your home more environmentally friendly, sustainable and with a lower carbon footprint. With advice and financial support, making your home green is easier than you might think.

This heat pump in a garden is one of the possible improvements you can make with a grant and loan.

Four ways to create a greener home

Get bespoke advice from a specialist

You can get expert, free and impartial advice from a specialist. One of our specially trained advisors will assess your property and its energy performance and explain your options for generating your own heat or power at home.

Visit a green home near you

You can search, browse and read stories from people who’ve already installed renewables using this handy case study tool. You can even book a visit to a green home and chat directly with the householder about their experiences, first hand.

Find a
quality installer

Looking to install solar panels, heat pump or biomass boiler? You can use this handy tool to get details and reviews of accredited installers throughout Scotland who can carry out the work for you.

Check your green energy options

If you’re considering renewables, you can check which systems could work best in your home with this nifty calculator that shows the most suitable options based on your property details.

Embrace greener travel

We know that climate change is an immediate and urgent problem, but driving a car is still a part of many people's everyday routines. 17% of journeys in Scotland are under 1km.

There are greener travel options for those short, everyday journeys that not only reduce carbon emissions and help the environment but are also rich in other benefits too.

Active travel (walking, wheeling and cycling), car sharing, and public transport are all great alternative methods of transport that reduce travel costs and improve both our health and our environment.

Cycling is for everyone

Cycling is a fun and accessible way to get around with many benefits:

Financial benefits

Travelling by cycle is free, and cycling requires minimal ongoing costs.

Environmental and community benefits

By replacing car journeys with cycling, you can save money whilst improving local air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

Health benefits

Cycling can benefit your health in multiple ways by:

  • improving physical fitness and balance
  • strengthening muscles and bones
  • helping you to stay healthy and active.

Wellbeing benefits

Cycling can also enhance your quality of life by:

  • promoting positive mental health
  • helping you to manage stress, depression, and anxiety
  • making daily tasks easier by encouraging greater independence and higher levels of confidence
  • connecting you with places and people and creating opportunities to meet new individuals and feel part of the community.

Have a read of our guide to inclusive cycling and adapted cycles to help you choose the right cycle and explore the support available to get you cycling ready!

Interested in funding opportunities to purchase your own electric bike, cargo or adapted cycle? Learn more about the New and Used eBike Loan.

Get ready for low emission zones

Low emission zones (LEZs) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee are now live. LEZs set minimum emission standards on roads within specific areas, allowing penalty-free access to only the cleanest vehicles to improve air quality.

The LEZ Support Fund, funded by Transport Scotland, offers eligible households up to £3,000 to take their older, more polluting vehicles off the road. The money can be used to invest in more sustainable modes of transport.

Learn more about the LEZ Support Fund

Making the switch to electric

Used electric vehicles are a great way to start saving money, eliminate petrol costs and reduce your carbon emissions. The Used Electric Vehicle Loan is funded by Transport Scotland, interest-free and repayable over five years.

Learn more about the Used Electric Vehicle Loan.

Three ways to embrace greener travel

Sustainable travel

Our advice teams across Scotland can advise on the benefits to your wallet, health and the environment of travelling more sustainably (we pride ourselves on our local transport knowledge!)

Going electric?

If you’re thinking of buying an electric vehicle our tool can help you compare options to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Travel better

We can help you prepare for the launch of your local low emission zone by exploring sustainable transport options to help you avoid penalties. Check to see if you are eligible for funding to move away from older, polluting vehicles.

Get active and help the environment

Did you know that in 2019, 36% of all Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions came from transport? Walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport are all great alternative methods of travel that help reduce emissions and improve both our health and our environment. Home Energy Scotland provides practical advice and support to make greener travel choices.

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Webinars to help you go green

Here are some of our past webinars on tackling the climate emergency and how we can make changes towards living a sustainable lifestyle. These are recordings of the live webinars that we've uploaded to our YouTube channel:

An Introduction to Climate Change

Find out what climate change is and why we need to take action now.

How You Can Combat the Climate Crisis

Learn how you can reduce your carbon emissions.

My Journey to

Follow one person's journey to save money and energy at home.