LED Energy Community
Tighean Innse Gall have partnered with Point & Sandwick Development Trust to develop the first whole community lit by LED lighting. With additional support from the Climate Challenge Fund for this their first year, TIG are installing up to 14 LED lights, which have been funded by PSDT, to replace older lighting across homes who join the project. Installed lighting, as TIG has demonstrated with other projects, is an excellent incentive to engage householders who may not otherwise wish to.
This incentive, along with TIG’s reputation, as the local energy agency, blends perfectly with the aims of PSDT, which, when combined, have produced substantial take-up of the offer so far. Every household receives an Energy Performance Certificate, which demonstrates fabric options for TIG to further lever in funding for insulation measures. These measures could include internal or room in roof insulation for eligible households – a must for detached stone built homes in remote, rural areas off-gas grid. A thermal image survey will be conducted whenever weather conditions permit. Through other funding options which arise from time to time, such as redress programmes, households may also receive new heating systems, if required. So, a household who starts the journey with a home visit to install LED lighting, receives surveys which could mean an entire energy makeover for their home.
Advice and support for fuel debt issues can also be carried out, through funding from some utility companies. TIG’s energy advice section will help ensure advice and guidance is given, as well as exploring other schemes such as appliances or warm homes discount. So, our LED Energy Community project really can make a substantial difference for householders in fuel poverty.