Opening doors to a greener future

Tim Donaldson with son Nick
Tim Donaldson with son Nick

Green Home Energy Week is taking place across Scotland from 5 to 13 September, opening doors to visitors interested in saving money and making their home warmer and more comfortable with energy efficiency and home renewable improvements.

Maybole man Tim Donaldson (67) owns one of four households in the region to welcome visitors as part of Green Home Energy Week, a nine day showcase of energy efficiency and home renewables being delivered by Energy Saving Trust and funded by the Scottish Government.

Tim’s home will be open to visitors from 5 to 11 September. He has improved the comfort and efficiency of his 18th century home with the installation of a wood burning stove, solar PV panels and a biomass heating system. His investment has also led to significantly reduced energy bills.

Speaking of his home Tim said: “I realised pretty quickly the property was going to be expensive to heat, especially as the price of oil was going up at the time. We knew we needed to look at something else.

“Renewables offered an attractive option, especially with the incentives available.”

Homes right across the Highlands and Islands, north east, south, west and central Scotland will participate in the week, showcasing a number of home renewables systems, from solar panels, heat pumps, biomass boilers and wind turbines to energy efficiency improvements like high performance glazing, smart meters and LED lighting.

Each homeowner will be at home to welcome visitors and talk about their experiences of installing and operating the technology, and speak about how it’s improved their homes and lifestyles.

Anthony Kyriakides, Renewables Programme Manager at Energy Saving Trust Scotland said: “Green Home Energy Week is a brilliant opportunity for people who aspire to have a warmer, more comfortable, cheaper to run and more energy efficient home to see for themselves a range of solutions in real homes and, even better, speak to those who have done it already. There is a great selection of homes to see, from ultra-modern new builds to traditional old buildings, as well as a range of events.

“The participating homeowners are great ambassadors and will be more than happy to share helpful and honest insights with everyone who visits. What’s more, they will show that all homes no matter how big, small, new or old can be made greener, more comfortable and cheaper to run.”

To find open homes or events during Green Home Energy Week, or information about financial support and specialist advice go to www.greenhomeenergyweek.org.uk or contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.