This Saturday the 21st of January, local energy advisors and volunteers from the Heat Project will be in the Pitlochry Coop from 9am onwards, to provide free energy advise and in-depth advice through surveys.
The event has been organised in partnership with the Pitlochry Community Action Plan Theme Five Group, to help the residents of Pitlochry explore what help is available to make their homes and buildings more energy efficient.
Martin Mather from the Heat Project explains what the Heat Project is saying: “We’re a charity to start with and we provide free home energy advice to any household or small business that requires it throughout Perth and Kinross. We’re funded partly by Perth and Kinross Council, and also by the Energy Redress Fund.”
Mr Mathers goes on to talk about the event saying “We and others will be there to provide on the spot free energy advice or if people require make appointments to go and see them to give more in depth advice, including full home surveys. This is part of the work associated with the Community Action Plan, and is being organised mainly by the Community Action Plan team, but we are partners in that so we’re there to help.”
Adding: “If they (the public) want to if they bring copies of their energy bills or anything like that, if you’ve moved into house recently, you should have as part of the home sellers pack, a thing called an energy performance certificate or EPC.
“If you have that bring that along as well, because that tells us quite a lot about the energy performance of your house. But you don’t need to bring anything except yourselves, just come along have a chat and we can follow up from that later on.”
A wide range of help is available including funding towards installing a new heat pump, there are also interest free loans for other renewable or energy efficient installations, as well as funding from the Scottish Government funded Eco4 Scheme.
Help is also available for households struggling with their energy bills including the Scottish Governments home heating fund, with a similar fund available through Perth and Kinross Council. The Heat Project can refer people to the Home Heating Fund, and are in contact with the people who administer the council fund.