Energy in transition in Western Isles empowers consumers to make informed choices about how they use, benefit the most from and pay for electricity in the home. We will conduct the most extensive energy roadshow and advice home visit programme ever undertaken in the Outer Hebrides. How we do this, in our highly visible branded electric people carrier, kitted with energising information and sparky consumer resources, is an essential part of our project. Our community generated, renewable energy charged team will power its way around every remote village and pile on across our islands to reach households in need of energy advice. Every vulnerable household unearthed will be rewired into our fuel poverty team for in depth support. Households needing extra renewable energy PV wattage will be lit up with information from our local Home Energy Scotland Adviser. Households we find without insulation will be supercharged towards HEEPS:ABS or Warmer Homes Scotland. Our local independent electrical shop gets a plug, customers who take up energy advice from our team get a 20% discount on LED lighting, generated by a voucher from us. We’ll help people switch providers, through www.tigswitch.com, our local switching service – and for those with no internet at home we will take our tablets to them to show them how. Finally, we will promote electric vehicles by taking whole families for a spin in our people carrier. Our island communities generate clean energy, we must demonstrate EV’s are live and work for all too.
Our project team (2 officers) will reach 1000 households in villages across 14 islands of the Outer Hebrides to advise them on energy options for their homes. We will reach them in the largest, highest profile energy roadshow ever conducted across the Highlands and Islands, with a massive public relations blitz. 6 out of 10 homes are in fuel poverty; so our aim is to also seek out vulnerable households (including cancer sufferers), to receive follow up advice from our fuel poverty team and partners. Our team will lever in support from HEEPS:ABS, Warmer Homes Scotland and HES to follow up for measures.