A community project on the Scottish Island ofWestray has been selected by Energy ...

A community project on the Scottish Island ofWestray has been selected by Energy Action Scotland as the best energy-saving project in Scotland in 2010. Meghan McEwen and Colin Risbridger, representing Westray Development Trust (WDT) and Energy Action Westray (EAW) respectively, received the award certificate at a presentation in November. The award encourages entries where people in lower income or disadvantaged communities have been helped to make energy savings in their homes. The judges selected the winners from entries by community and voluntary groups, local authorities, housing associations and other organisations involved in energy efficiency across Scotland. TheWestray project operates in a remote area with high levels of fuel poverty, housing stock that is hard to treat and where the cost of living is higher due to additional transportation costs. It addressed heating difficulties inWestray houses and encouraged householders to volunteer for National Home Energy Rating assessments of their houses. Home Energy Reports were provided to all householders in partnership with the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre (ESSac) and referrals made to national schemes of assistance. Direct remedial action followed with funding from an Energy Efficiency Design Award to undertake innovative improvements to nine ‘hard to treat’ houses. This involved insulating, draughtproofing and the installation of ground source heat pumps (one pictured). In one case heating costs went from £17 per day using storage heaters to £2.50 per day with a ground source heat pump.

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