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Community / Energy efficiency project secures more funding

A PROJECT which supports people in Shetland to improve the energy efficiency of their homes is set to continue for a further two years after receiving more grant funding from the Scottish Government.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau has received nearly £123,000 from the government’s climate challenge fund (CCF) to continue its Warmer Green Homes Shetland project.

It has helped over 400 households in Shetland since launching two years ago.

Bureau manger Karen Eunson said: “We’re really pleased to have secured a grant from CCF to continue this project.

“The support we offer is tailored to each property and the people who live there. Some people ask about financial support for installing insulation and renewables, others borrow one of our energy monitors or seek advice on switching energy tariff.

“The advisers’ goal is to help households save money on energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and often achieve a warmer home too.”

The project is offering free advice through a series of remote energy clinics while social distancing requirements remain in place, with the first planned for next week.

The project’s community engagement officer Isa Kristiansen-Bragg said: “We’re not offering home visits until it’s safe to do so but we are still here to help.

“We can set up a one-to-one appointment that will take place over the phone or online using Zoom. Our adviser will ask a few questions about the property and talk you through ways to lower your energy spend.”

The first batch of remote energy clinics will be held next week:

  • Wednesday 22 July, 2pm-5pm
  • Thursday 23 July, 5pm-9pm
  • Friday 24 July, 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 25 July, 10am-1pm

Appointments can be requested via warmerhomes@shetland.org or 01595 694696.