FDT’s vision is supported by its 5-year strategic plan which sets out priority projects to advance the social, economic, environmental and cultural development of Finderne. FDT selected energy efficient living to be one of its six priority projects in the trust with the aim to combat fuel poverty in the community and help empower households to reduce their carbon footprint.
Households situated in rural areas of Scotland are more likely to experience fuel poverty than urban areas of Scotland. Traditionally built homes with poor energy efficiency, expensive fuel types (oil, LPG and electricity) and declining regional earnings are all factors which have contributed to fuel poverty in Finderne. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this with the added financial difficulty of higher energy bills due to more time spent indoors home working and schooling.
This project will work collaboratively with REAP in combatting fuel poverty in Finderne using their experience and knowledge in energy debt advice. The project will also be working in partnership with Home Energy Scotland who offer a wide range of grants and loans to households who are keen to improve their home energy efficiency and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. By engaging the community in this project, FDT aim to help support community members out of fuel poverty, increase household’s energy efficiency, and increase awareness of the environmental impacts of their home energy use.
Finlay McCulloch (our Community Energy Graduate) hopes to offer home visits when restrictions ease for those who would like impartial home energy advice. In the meantime he can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org where you can setup a phone call or video call to communicate socially distanced.
We look forward to working with the community to help make Finderne a healthier, more resilient and sustainable place to live.