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A Community Project Providing FREE Unbiased Advice

FREE 15”

Caithness Energy Advice has a 15” LCD television up for grabs in their summer raffle. If you are interested in having a home visit to get free energy advice on your home energy bills/systems you will automatically be entered into the raffle*.

The Energy Team - Ask Them To Call Round and You Might Save Money

CEA’s aim is to help people keep warm and pay less for their energy. To accomplish this, the team assesses the current level of energy efficiency in homes in the Caithness area, raises awareness of choices available to take charge of household energy bills, and partners with existing organisations for a coordinated, long range approach to reducing fuel poverty. The Energy Advice team can guide householders to energy savings by identifying issues such as poor insulation, problem door/ window seals, electrical equipment left on standby and incorrect use of heating systems.

The energy advice team also give householders information on micro-renewable systems. Grants are available for micro-turbines, ground and air source heat pumps, micro-hydro system, wood fuel boilers and solar panels. An adviser will arrange a home visit to explain more about suitable micro systems and available grants.

CEA are based at The Cottage, Davidsons Lane, Thurso and are open to the public between 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Sony KDL 15G 2000 15" LCD TV

The team’s strategy is to work within the community to promote energy saving by visiting individual households, completing energy audits, and making recommendations for changes based on their observations. As part of their remit, they distribute;

  • complimentary low energy light bulbs
  • power down plugs
  • thermometers
  • stand-by busters
  • LED and halogen lights

To arrange a home visits or find out more please contact:
Angela Craig
Lead Energy Adviser
The Cottage
Davidsons Lane
01847 896524
Email: Angela@ormlierenewables.co.uk

This promotion will be open to anyone taking a home visit between 1 April 2008 and 29 August 2008 and it will be drawn on 1 September 2008.

*Board members, staff, volunteers and their immediate families of Ormlie Community Association may not apply for this offer

18 November 07
Free Winter Warmth Packs

The Caithness Energy Advice Team will be giving away Free Winter Warmth packs which contain information about how to keep warm, energy-saving tips and useful contacts.

The Free Winter Warmth packs will be up for grabs during Ormlie Community Association’s latest awareness raising events, tacking fuel poverty and increasing energy efficiency for Caithness householders. The events are part of the Warm Homes Campaign Award Scheme which is one aspect of the Warm Homes Campaign, organized by National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland, which is taking place throughout the UK from the end of November. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the financial help available to people who cannot afford to heat their homes to try and reduce cold-related illnesses and excess winter deaths and is organised in association with eaga.

The dates, times and venues for OCA’s events are listed below:
Drop-in events for householders:

  • Tuesday 27 November – 9.30am to 4.30pm–Wick Family Centre Wick
  • Wednesday 28 November – 9.30am to 12.30pm – British Legion, Thurso

Any bills or other correspondence you have had with your energy suppliers that you can bring with you will enable us to give you the best possible advice.

If you are unable to make either of the drop-in events contact our office on 01847 896524 or email angela@ormlierenewables.co.uk to arrange to receive your pack. Packs will also be available from OCA’s office in 108 Marr Terrace during the week of the events.

Fuel Poverty Workshop, by invitation:

  • Wednesday 28 November – 1.15pm to 4pm – British Legion, Thurso

The workshop will be useful for organisations that can help people in fuel poverty. Please contact Angela for your invite. While stocks last at each venue, householders will receive four low-energy light bulbs, courtesy of Scottish Hydro Electric, two for overhead lights and two for lamps. Householders receiving a qualifying income or disability benefit will also receive an energy-saving computer plug provided by Powergen.

The light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than normal light bulbs and save around £100 each in energy costs during the course of their life. The PowerDown plug is designed for use with desk-top personal computers and saves around £16 each year in energy costs. It also offers surge protection and reduces electrical interference to televisions and radios. (The light bulb and computer plug offer is limited to one per household.)

The Scottish Power Energy People Trust recently awarded the Caithness Energy Advice Project nearly £90,000 to support the operation and staffing of the countywide free energy advice service for householders until March 2009. As a result, Ormlie Community Association has been able to create three staff posts and, with thanks to Pentland Housing Association, the advice project has a secure base at the Cottage in Davidson’s Lane, Thurso. As well as staff, the project also benefits from the involvement of volunteers who work alongside staff members. Volunteers are trained in household energy matters and anyone interested in volunteering should contact Angela Craig, the recently appointed energy adviser.

Energy Savers Award 2007 For Ormlie Community Association
On Thursday 8th November in Dundee, Ormlie Community Association was presented with the runner up prize for the EnergySavers Award 2007 organised by Energy Action Scotland and supported by eaga. eaga is the UK's leading provider of residential energy efficiency solutions, delivering fuel poverty programmes nationally.

Norman Kerr (EAS), Sir Ropbert Smith MP, Louise Smith, Angela Craig, Alison Middlemas, Ashley Guise (eaga)

Alison Middlemas, Louise smith, Ruth Semple and Ann Loughrey (ScottishPower Energy Trust), Angela Craig

Rob Gibson MSP with Louise Smith and the award certificate at the Caithness Heritage Fair

OCA’s project is the Caithness Energy Advice Project—Energy SOS Shout out ‘Savings!’, founded in 2006 and now sustained by funding from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust and Communities Scotland Wider Role. The project delivers free energy advice to householders in Caithness and North Sutherland and the service includes a home visit to assist with things such as setting of heating controls and reading of meters.