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Families in Edinburgh are benefiting from home energy advice, thanks to funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The Trust has given the project £30,000 which will help around 500 households in the Edinburgh area.

Castle Rock Edinvar, one of Scotland’s leading housing associations, has been providing the energy efficiency service to residents after a pilot project revealed how beneficial families found this type of advice.  The Heat Energy Advice Team (HEAT) Project encourages tenants to get in touch with its energy advisors to get simple but effective information aimed at making homes more energy efficient.

With the money provided by ScottishPower, Castle Rock Edinvar has employed two energy advisors to help families negotiate bill payments, give advice on the range and eligibility for social tariffs, and how to operate heating systems to ensure they are getting the most value for their money.

The housing association also provides a bespoke home visiting service to help tenants make the right choices when it comes to making decisions for heating their homes.

The innovative Heat Project was recognised for its hard work when it was recently awarded runner up in the Excellence in Environmental Sustainability Award at the 2013 Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards. The awards were in Glasgow at the beginning of February.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: ‘Due to funding provided by the trust this project has been able to continue providing this valuable service to tenants. Castle Rock Edinvar has demonstrated its commitment to its tenants and to the environment in the development of this project. Being able to provide vital information to households about making their homes more energy efficient is a huge asset to tenants and I am pleased that it was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards.’

Chris Thomson, Head of Property Services at Castle Rock Edinvar said: ‘We are thrilled that The ScottishPower Energy People Trust has been able to provide funding and recognised the importance of this project to our residents and tenants.

‘Being nominated for a Chartered Institute of Housing Excellence Awards was a real coup and it’s all down to the hard work of our energy officers that we can provide such an important service. We look forward to helping more families with energy efficiency in the area.’

Friday, February 22, 2013