RENEWABLE ENERGY: The best things in life are free
Wind, water, sunshine, heat in the air and the ground are there for the taking – you just have to pay to harness them
Support your kids to make it worthwhile missing school to protest about the destruction of the planet; make your new build as energy efficient as possible. A new house or complete renovation is the best time to create a unique system for harnessing renewable power; you can pick the best combination for your design and site.
If you are not carrying out such a major project it still makes sense to take a long hard look at your heating and insulation methods.
One big advantage that Scottish home owners and self-builders have is Home Energy Scotland.
Funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust, this network of local advice centres covers the entire country, offering free and impartial advice.
What is even better is the system of grants and loans available from the trust for self-build schemes and existing properties as the trust works to help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their bills and help tackle climate change.
How much you can borrow depends on what type of improvement or installation you want. The work is in two categories, energy efficient improvements and renewable systems such as energy storage.