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SH October 7, 2011

Renewable Energy Fair – Sat 29th October 10.00 – 14.30

Kirkhill Primary School.

We will be holding a renewable energy fair on the 29th October to help raise awareness of renewable energy and low carbon heating solutions. Local renewable energy kit suppliers and specialsists will be on hand to explain the different systems and help, support and advice you can get if you would like to install renewable energy in your home.

Scottish homeowners given access to free insulation

A £12.5 million energy efficiency scheme has been announced by the Scottish government to help thousands of homeowners cut down on the price of energy bills and lower carbon emissions. The government will launch the Universal Home Insulation Scheme next year, delivering free insulation to around 200,000 households in the country.

It is hoped that the home improvements, which will be administered by local authorities, will stem the number of people falling into fuel poverty.  Other schemes helping Scottish households to control their energy use include the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, which offers £400 towards the cost of a new energy efficient boiler.

Pylon design competition finalists unveiled

A competition to find a new design for the British electricity pylon has been short listed to just six concepts, which are now on show at a London exhibition.

With the Beauly Denny line upgrade on our doorstep, work has already started on installing the bigger pylons we will need to take the renewable energy we generate in the north of Scotland down to the central belt. A couple of years back I came across a similar Icelandic competition which generated some very interesting pylon designs. How would you feel with pylons like this in our countryside?

Energy Assistance for Carers

Carers who look after family and friends will now qualify for free energy assistance backed by the Scottish Government. The Government is
extending its energy assistance package to people in receipt of carers allowance. This means that around 7,000 carers will be able to access funding for;

  • New central heating and where appropriate air source heat pumps,
  • A new boiler
  • Draughtproofing
  • Internal or external wall insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Room thermostats and heating controls
  • Insulation of tanks and pipes.

Home Energy Checks.

A simple way to find out how you can make your home more energy efficient and if you will qualify for subsidised or free insulation tops ups is to complete a Home Energy Check.  These are a very simple, user friendly list of questions supplied by the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, a Government funded team. There is a local office in Inverness who supports our Programme and they are happy to chat with residents and provide advice and information as well as the Home Energy Checks.  The office can be contacted on the following free phone number 0800 512 012

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