Isle of Lewis lead­ing the way with LED en­ergy scheme

The Oban Times - - News -

POINT and Sand­wick on the Isle of Lewis is on track to be­come the first LED en­ergy com­mu­nity in the UK af­ter a project to cut car­bon emis­sions beat its first-year tar­gets.

The LED En­ergy Com­mu­nity project, be­ing run by com­mu­nity wind farm char­ity Point and Sand­wick Trust in part­ner­ship with Tighean Innse Gall (TIG), is reach­ing more house­holds faster than it had hoped and is be­ing hailed a ‘great suc­cess’.

The main el­e­ment of the project is the of­fer of up to 14 free LED light­bulbs to ev­ery house­hold, which has in­spired other com­mu­nity es­tate trusts on the is­land to run sim­i­lar projects.

As well as the free light­bulbs, which use a frac­tion of the power of tra­di­tional high en­ergy bulbs and can cut an­nual bills by up to £100, res­i­dents are also be­ing of­fered en­ergy per­for­mance sur­veys on prop­er­ties and ad­vice on fur­ther use­ful steps in­clud­ing in­su­la­tion. They are then guided through the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Dan Mor­ri­son, the main project of­fi­cer, was joined by col­league Amy Ka­pherr-Di­a­ment and be­tween them they have man­aged to carry out 168 home visits in year one, ex­ceed­ing the an­nual tar­get of 140 house­holds.

Some peo­ple have ben­e­fited from mul­ti­ple home im­prove­ments as a re­sult of con­tact­ing the LED En­ergy Com­mu­nity project team, in­clud­ing Cather­ine Ma­caulay from She­shader.

Cather­ine’s daugh­ter, Joan Mal­loch, was full of praise for the ‘car­ing, con­sid­er­ate and co- or­di­nated’ project team.

‘ We were re­ally pleased with the im­prove­ments we were able to ac­cess through TIG and the LED En­ergy Com­mu­nity Project.

‘In­stal­la­tion of LEDs is go­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce our light­ing bill and has made the home brighter for my mum.’

Cather­ine Ma­caulay from She­shader, with project of­fi­cer Dan and her grand­chil­dren, Alexan­der, left, and Archie.

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