Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP launches innovative and inspiring Green Homes Network
- Published on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:15
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Scottish Government has just launched a Scotland-wide Green Homes Network. The network provides homeowners and communities with the unique opportunity to visit homes in their area that are shining examples of the domestic renewables revolution
The scheme, which was launched in Inverness by Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, will provide homeowners with a valuable way to find out first-hand how different renewables systems run in real homes, discuss actual costs and savings with the homeowner and get tips and advice that could help them on their way to saving money and reducing their personal carbon footprint.
During the official launch on Friday 24 February, the Minister visited the home of Gillian McKnight, local Inverness resident and a member of the Green Homes Network. The Minister took time out to learn more about the biomass burner that Gillian had recently installed and discussed the savings she and her family have made since investing in the renewable energy system.
As part of the Green Homes Network, an interactive web tool ( www.greenhomesnetwork.org.uk) has been developed that enables homeowners to browse homes in their local area who have signed up to be part of this ground breaking scheme. Already over 500 homes across the nation have registered their details and signed up to be part of the network – and the number is growing.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: "I'm delighted to launch the Green Homes Network. The Network gives homeowners a chance to find out how renewables systems work in practice, seeing how they look and work in someone's home and talking to people who already have them in place about how much they actually cost and how much money they save.
"It's a practical, simple way to help people find out more about how to reduce their carbon footprint, learning from the experiences of householders who have already taken the first steps and can talk them through the process and the benefits."
Malcolm Thomson, Director of Operations, Energy Saving Trust, Scotland, said: “The Scottish Government’s Green Homes Network is an exciting opportunity for homeowners across the country to learn from the knowledge and experience of individuals who have already installed renewable energy systems in their homes.
“As fuel prices continue to rise, more and more people are considering renewable systems for their home. Many people would like to know more about this and see the systems for themselves – and there is a real benefit in speaking to someone who has already been through the process.”
The Green Homes Network is a fantastic addition to the home renewables service that we already offer on behalf of the Scottish Government. While our renewable specialists can provide homeowners with the technical details and guidance on the most appropriate technologies, the members of the Green Homes Network can answer many of the practical questions that homeowners may have, and share their experience to help others.”