Energy advice given for owners of old buildings

An energy saving event held in Whithorn last month has been hailed a success with many local people receiving specialist advice on how to reduce energy bills in older stone wall properties.

The event on March 29 was supported by the Whithorn and District Business Association and the Sustainable Development Team from Dumfries and Galloway Council. Other attendees included representatives from Community Energy Scotland, and The Energy Agency as well as guest speaker Moses Jenkins from Historic Scotland who came to discuss the current developments in the insulation of older stone wall properties.

There are a variety of stone built properties in our region and Whithorn in particular has many ranging from the medieval to Napoleonic era which, understandably, has helped make it a Conservation Area in its own right. Conservation along with the solid wall structure makes it hard to modify properties to increase energy efficiency and this is why people attended the event to find out more.

Moses Jenkins said: “There are a range of options available for improving energy efficiency in traditional buildings such as those in Whithorn including secondary glazing, loft insulation, draught proofing and wall insulation. Whatever measure is being considered it is important to ensure the principles of moisture movement and ventilation are not compromised to help avoid risks of long term damage to the building fabric.”

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of the council’s economy environment and infrastructure committee said: “The high percentage of hard to treat properties within our region can make it difficult for people to make energy saving measures to reduce energy bills. It is imperative that we find effective ways in which to drive down our solid fuel use and save people money.”