New Energy Team to provide Energy Advice Service across Sutherland

Image of the TEAS Team
Pictured from left are: Pat Sprowl, Arabella Kennard, and Lynn Munro

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust is delighted to welcome a team of three new staff to run The Energy Advice Service (TEAS).

*Sutherland is the county with the highest rate of households living in fuel poverty in Scotland. For the past two years the Trust has been running an Energy Advice Service across East Sutherland, to provide advice to people who are worried about energy costs whilst making them aware of how to reduce their carbon usage.

In March 2018 the Trust was awarded a grant of £101,415 from the Climate Challenge Fund. This will allow the team to expand its service of providing home visits across ALL of Sutherland. Clients who sign up will receive a free and impartial energy check and a written report. The team can help people with matters such as: understanding heating controls, energy bills and tariffs, and switching suppliers. They can also assist people with fuel debt, and can check eligibility for benefits, or for grants and funding for new heating systems and insulation.

The new team bring their combined and varied experience of working in environmental research and sustainability projects, outdoor education, and the financial advice sector to the project.

Project Officer Arabella Kennard commented: “As well as making home visits we will hold events across Sutherland that will target all generations to inform people how they can make their homes more energy efficient, save money on fuel, and reduce carbon emissions. We want to encourage sustainable habits and actions within the homes and communities of Sutherland to show people how we can collectively take action on climate change. We are really excited to get out on the road to meet people and to help them make small changes that can benefit their lives…”

*Statistic regarding statistic on Sutherland’s fuel poverty is taken from:
https://www.changeworks.org.uk/sites/default/files/Fuel_Poverty_Mapping_Small_Area_Level_27-10-2015.pdf

The Climate Challenge Fund is a Scottish Government grant programme that is managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

For more information on The Energy Advice Service please contact:
Arabella Kennard on 01863 760 050 or email: arabella@kyleofsutherland.co.uk
Further information at www.climatechallengefund.org