Energy Awareness

Home Energy Scotland

The network of local advice centres operates across Scotland giving free, impartial energy efficiency advice to householders, community groups, businesses and the public sector.
Their advisors can also help you access funding and other energy efficiency offers.
Call free on 0808 808 2282 during office hours to speak to a specialist advisor.
Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust.

Lower-cost tips
Draught excluder: Unless your home is very new, you’re likely to be losing some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, maybe up a chimney or two, and a whole host of other little holes around the house.
Why not buy some proper draught-proofing products for the doors and windows, seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant, and fit a chimney draught excluder or sealed fire guards? DIY draught proofing of windows, doors and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards could cost up to £200, but could save between £20 - £30 a year in a draughty home.
Turn it off: Try to be aware of unnecessary lights left on, and appliances left plugged-in or on standby. Nearly all electrical and electronic appliances can safely be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems – some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record – but check the instructions on any appliances you aren’t sure about.
A typical household could save between £45 and £80 a year just by remembering to turn off appliances left on standby.
Careful in the kitchen: You can save over £43 a year just by being careful how you use your kitchen appliances. The following tips can help you reach this saving:

  • Set your washing machine to wash at 30°C.
  • Using a bowl to wash up rather than leaving the hot tap running.
  • Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need.

Get a head: If you’ve got a shower that takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank (rather than an electric shower) then you may be able to fit a water-efficient shower head and that could reduce your hot water usage whilst still maintaining the sensation of a powerful shower.
Some water companies are giving shower heads away for free, so maybe contact your water company to see if you could receive one. Through installing a water-efficient shower head, a family of four could save around £65 a year on gas for water heating, as well as a further £95 on water bills if they have a water meter.

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Getting started with renewables

Home renewables, and low-carbon microgeneration such as micro-CHP, are good for the environment and good for your pocket too. Low-carbon technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boilers let you generate your own energy, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint in the process. What’s more, with government financial incentives available, it’s never been a better time to install. Find out more now!

What is renewable energy?

We’ve all heard of solar panels and wind turbines, but renewable energy covers more than that. It is energy from any source that is naturally replenished when used. Often called 'renewables', 'green energy', 'microgeneration' or 'sustainable energy', the main sources of renewable energy for the home are:
  • energy from sunlight
  • heat from the earth, the air or water sources
  • plants grown for fuel (biomass or biofuels)
  • waste
  • the movement of water (known as hydro) and wind.

There are lots of different technologies available – usually used to produce electricity or to generate heat.

Why use renewables?

There are lots of good reasons to use renewables. You will be:

  • making use of secure, local resources
  • reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy
  • helping to keep the air clean
  • helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
  • creating new jobs in renewable energy industries
  • saving and even earning money.

Find out which renewable energy technologies best suit your property and circumstances and book a Home Renewables Survey for your home 
Phone Home Energy Scotland 0808 808 2282

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Energy Awareness Day a Great Success.

In June of 2014 there was an open meeting in the Hall to highlight the opportunities to save on energy bills through conservation.  There is always more that can be done to economise on fuel – through better insulation, reducing consumption, buying more efficient appliances and using them more efficiently.  The meeting made professional advice and practical help available locally. 

The day was considered a great success. For example GOBS received interest from six new people and the Energy Savings Trust had application for fourteen home visits.