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

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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.

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