Boost to Home Energy Advice Service
We’re celebrating this week at Greener Kirkcaldy with some fantastic news that is going to allow us to continue and expand our popular and successful energy advice service. We got a phone call to say we’ve secured £177,000 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for our new ‘Cosy-Up Kirkcaldy’ project.
The project will operate in 6 neighbourhoods in Kirkcaldy – Gallatown, Sinclairtown, Templehall East, Hayfield, Smeaton and Linktown – where we will be holding pop-up advice shops, recruiting volunteer Energy Champions from the community and giving tailored home energy advice to householders through home visits. In all we aim to work with 600 households to help them save energy, carbon and money whilst staying warm and comfortable in their homes. We hope to really get local residents on board to understand their energy use, insulate their homes and make the most of their heating.
Suzy Goodsir, project manager explains: ‘The cost of gas and electricity keeps going up and many families in Kirkcaldy are struggling to pay high fuel bills. We’re delighted to build on our energy advice work over the last three years to be able to help even more people save energy and money. We also look forward to recruiting 2 members of staff and to building a strong group of volunteers.’ Volunteer Energy Champions will form a big part of this project and for them it will be a great opportunity to gain skills and experience as well as creating a pool of knowledge in the community for the future.
Suzy adds: ‘We’re keen to work with other local community groups’. Anybody who is interested in volunteering or groups interested in working with Greener Kirkcaldy should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.