The Energy Advice Service
It is with regret that Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KoSDT) has ceased to deliver the award-winning Energy Advice Service (TEAS), which offered home energy advice across Sutherland to help the community improve energy efficiency – reducing carbon emissions and helping to tackle climate change, on the 29th March 2019.
This is as a result of an application to the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to continue the service being rejected. As KoSDT was only informed of the decision on the 8th of March we did not have time to apply for alternative funding so we lost the three members of staff that operated the service at the end of March when their contracts expired. This means that KoSDT is currently unable to offer energy advice to Sutherland communities.
The Energy Advice Service provided the whole of Sutherland with a home energy advice service with the aim of reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions by increasing the energy efficiency of the home. The project continued with the aims of the East Sutherland Energy Advice Service that had operated the previous year.
The team visited clients in their home to help them find practical and affordable ways to save energy, as well as to reduce their carbon footprint. The clients received a complete energy check and a written report.
The service was completely free and impartial. Things the team helped with included:
- Understanding energy bills and tariffs
- Switching suppliers
- Applying for Warm Homes Discount
- Understanding heating controls.
- Free benefit checks
- Fuel Debt
- Identifying eligibility for grants and funding for new heating systems, insulation and renewables.