Heating Grants Scotland | Different Types of Heating Grants

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Many people who are considering switching to renewable energy are put off by the large upfront cost. Luckily, there are not heating grants Scotland, that allow Scottish people to switch to renewable energy without breaking the bank. Here are just some of the available heating grants Scotland;

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The Renewable Heat Incentive

The renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme is a government funded scheme that is available for homeowners and private and social landlords in Scotland, England and Wales. This funding provides long-term financial support to people looking to install a renewable energy solution to their property.

The RHI scheme is designed to shorten the time that it takes for the household to make back the initial costs involved in installing and maintaining their renewable energy system so they can start saving money.

Here is the tariff associated with the RHI scheme, the homeowner is essentially getting paid for every kWh that is produced.

Renewable Heat Incentive Rates

Type of Heating System Tariff (p/kWh Renewable Heat)
Air Source Heat Pump 7.3
Ground Source Heat Pump 18.8
Solar Thermal (Solar Panels That Heat Water) 19.2 or more
Biomass Boiler 12.2


These payments are made to the homeowner quarterly for 7 years. The rates of this scheme can change every year so it’s important to be aware if you decide to go for this government incentive.


The Home Energy Scotland Loan

The Home Energy Scotland loan is also funded by the government. This allows people who are considering updating their energy system to renewable. It allows them to borrow up to £10,000 interest-free. Homeowners will be entitled to 75% of the cost to install and initially maintain the system.

Maximum Loan Amounts and Repayment Periods

Technology Maximum Loan Value Maximum Loan Repayment Period (years)
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) £2,500 5
Wind Turbine £2,500 5
Hydro Turbine £2,500


Solar Water Heating System £5,000 8
Hybrid PV – Solar Water Heating System £7,500 8
Air Source-Water Heat Pump £10,000 12
Ground Source-Water Heat Pump £10,000 12
Water Source-Water Heat Pump £10,000 12
Wood-Fuelled (Biomass) Stoves and Boilers £10,000 12



In order to be able to receive funding, the system must be installed by approved by the district heating scheme operator. Other requirements before you can receive funding include;

  • To minimise the amount of carbon dioxide produced, and maximise the energy saved, a minimum level of energy efficiency improvements is required
  • The system you want to install must be recommended in a supporting energy report
  • Your eligibility will be assessed and affordability and credit checks will be carried out before the loan is issued. No work is allowed to commence on installation until you’ve received a written loan offer.

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How to Find an Installer?

If you are considering switching to renewable energy, then one of the many heating grants Scotland could help you achieve that. Installers must be approved by whatever loan provider you decide to use. The government-funded schemes are the best to go for as they are long-term and have no interest, making them the most practical.

Factors to consider when choosing a Tarmac Company

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Tarmacking is a very delicate matter and no matter how small your project is, getting skilled and qualified personnel to do the job is a must. Tarmacking is always a costly project, and it is therefore critical to ensure that you invest in the right workforce and professionals. This means that you should consider a lot of factors before getting involved with any Tarmac company to avoid getting cheated on or played. In this article, we bring to you some of these factors that you should consider. We hope that you will find this helpful in your next tarmacking adventure!

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Top Tips For Office Fit Outs in Scotland

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New year new office? 2018 is fast approaching, does your workplace require an office fit out? ‘Fit out’ is a term used by office refurbishment professionals to describe the process of making interior more suitable for purpose.

ACI Contracts is one Scotland’s leading specialists in office fit-outs, office and commercial refurbishment, office partitions, suspended ceilings and office dilapidations. ACI Contracts have worked on all types of office spaces, which makes them experts when it comes to creating new office interiors throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas in Scotland.

There is a lot to take on when refurbishing an office and that is why you should always work with an office fit out team If you are thinking about office refurbishment, ACI Contracts have helped us pull together the benefits of office refurbishment. Continue reading “Top Tips For Office Fit Outs in Scotland” »

Stay Focused During The Working Week

It is hard to stay focused during the week when you are racing to the weekend. The most important thing you can do is stay motivated. Whatever helps you to do this, try to keep a routine and stick to it. We have gathered a list of tips below on how you can improve your working week for the better.

Focus Only On Your Current Task

Multitasking is a necessity in many roles, however, it is advised that you deal only with your current task.  You will have a more productive day when you only one item in front of you whenever possible. It is easy to get distracted when you are working on multiple things at the one time. Start by writing a to-do list and stick to the format that it is written in.


There is nothing that looks worse than not having a and paper on hand. Make sure that you get yourself a paper diary or a notepad where you can track everything that you need to remember. By investing in proper work supplies this will help you to get organised and stay organised.  Your employer may supply these goods for you, however, it is your responsibility to remind them of this. Make sure your office supplies and materials are fully stocked and available at hand.


The Independent has revealed that intelligent people tend to be messy, however, this is no excuse for you to be messy when you are at work. Clutter can be distracting and that is why you should always clean and tidy your desk area.

These are just suggestions, there are many ways that you can improve productivity. Making a change must happen on your own terms. Start by clearing your workspace and starting afresh. Organise whatever needs to be organised and remove anything that is no longer of use to you.

Once you have done this simple step, you will be amazed at how much more productive you will feel because of it. Make sure you do this at the start of the week as you will notice the difference in how you feel after it.

Keep Your Email Organised

Uh oh. We are all guilty of letting our email boxes clog up when really there is no excuse for it. There are a number of ways you can now filter your emails so that everything is sorted while still in the same place. Any professional will feel better about their work they keep their inbox clean and organized. Remember, you would never keep a hold of a paper letter if you did not need it, the same should apply to your digital email. If you don’t need an email, delete it.

Try not to check your emails throughout the day as this will waste time. Pick a couple times during the day to answer all of your emails at once.


The Best Activities in Fort William For Team Building

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It’s not too late to get out of the office for a team building session with your colleagues. Activities in Fort William are not hard to find and this area of Scotland is not far from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Choose from a whole selection of activities with Vertical Descents. There will be something for everyone, beginners, hard workers and thrill seekers. Keep in mind that many of your team members will not have done this type of team building exercise before, so you may want to consult an expert like Vertical Descents who can help you choose from the list below:

  • Canyoning
  • Bridge Swing
  • Gorge Walking
  • Paintball
  • Coasteering Segway
  • White Water Rafting
  • Climbing & Abseiling
  • White Water Funyakking
  • Target Sports
  • White Water River Bugging
  • Team Building
  • Mountain Biking


Whether you want to try your hand at canyoning in Fort William or white water rafting in Scotland’s best location, you will not be disappointed. Fort William is the Outdoor Capital of the UK and many would say that it is the best adventure playground Scotland has to offer. If you would like to experience the best of the Scottish Highlands, you will love Fort William.


Make sure your team know what lies ahead when they arrive at the Vertical Descents. You will be able to find videos of other team building groups getting messy in the great outdoors.

Inform your team that canyoning is great for total beginners as well as extreme adrenaline junkies. You can choose from a range of canyoning options with Vertical Descents. They will be able to tailor your package to your needs as they will have a mix of everything you need for the perfect team building session. The Vertical Descents team say that “canyoning is included in our Fort William activities and is always a big success with those who join us on one of our adventure days”.


This is a popular choice for those of all ages. If you are looking for a team building day out in Scotland, then you will find that gorge walking is a perfect outdoor for groups with young children and those seeking a fun outdoor adventure.

This day out is pretty similar to Canyoning. Before you begin you will be given everything you need for your adventure. You will be able to enjoy wild swimming through natural pools, small jumps, fun slides down natural water flumes and scrambling and sliding down some of Scotland’s most beautiful gorges.



There is something to do for everyone in Fort William, so why not make the most of your trip? Fort William is the route used by the Hogwarts Express. West Coast Railways offers trips on ‘The Jabobite’ steam train, which provided the steam engine and carriages for the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.

Your team can enjoy the views that surround the Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films) and past famous landmarks such as the Glenfinnan monument at the top of Loch Shiel. It is never to early to plan a team bonding trip, book in for Spring/Summer 2018 and give your team members something to look forward to over the cold winter months.





 Office Preparation for Winter

The temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. If you work in an office it is important that you get your workplace ready for the winter months. Make these steps towards a cleaner and more comfortable workplace. You should be best prepared for any problems that may arise during the winter months. The more prepared you are, the more smoothly the season will run. This effort should be made across the company, so show your employees that you care. Continue reading “ Office Preparation for Winter” »

Making The Move From Bricks & Mortar To Online

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In the 21st century, we are seeing more and more pure play retailers come into the picture. Many of these purely online retailers are stealing the show and dominating their respective markets. You don’t need to think for too long in order to come up with a few examples in your head; think ASOS, Amazon and any comparison site. If you have been a bricks and mortar faithful and kept your business afloat then you are on to a winner, mounting real estate costs and competition have seen many high street retailers face closures.

This is nothing to be disheartened in, even some of the UKs biggest retailers were hit hard by the recession and above factors. With modern technology and CMS (content management systems) which facilitate eCommerce, there has never been a better time to make the move online. Here we take a look at what is to be gained from making the move from bricks & mortar to online.

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Orthodontists in Glasgow: Solutions for your Smile

Affordable Private Orthodontists in Glasgow that suit your situation

The pressure to look perfect is a constant worry for most people today. One thing that many adults in Glasgow feel unhappy with is their smile. Braces are common for children these days as they are free on the NHS. However for those who missed out as children the price is high. Private orthodontists in Glasgow can Continue reading “Orthodontists in Glasgow: Solutions for your Smile” »