Fairmilehead Home Efficiency Update

Home Energy Efficiency     30 October      FEH

Possible ways to insulate homes

Energy saving trust gives an impressive list of products – about 20 kinds of insulation


Finding tradesmen

FEH will share residents experiences but not take the responsibility of making recommendations.

Home Energy Scotland refers to a government a list of approved installers. https://gdorb.decc.gov.uk/green-deal-participant-register/

The City of Edinburgh has a Trusted Trader register.- few relate to energy efficiency


Trust pilot is a UK wide register  few Scottish, it may be OK for checking on a known installer but not so good for finding one.     https://uk.trustpilot.com/  

Loans and grants

https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/grants-loans/home-energy-scotland-loan-overview  This includes a detailed list of possible improvements and the maximum loans available; for example Loft, floor or cavity wall insulation: up to £1,000 (£750 loan plus £250 cashback)


There are grants under this scheme but on the whole residents need to be on benefits to qualify.

Home improvement info.    How much could you save?

Cavity wall insulation in Scotland – Annual cost and savings
DetachedSemi detachedMid terraceBungalowFlat
Fuel bill savings (£/year) £250 £145 £90 £100 £65
Typical installation cost £720 £475 £370 £430 £330
Payback time5 Years or fewer
Carbon dioxide savings (kgCO2/year) 1,120 kg 670 kg 410 kg 450 kg 310 kg
These are estimated figures based on insulating a gas-heated home. The average installed cost is unsubsidised. Figures are based on fuel prices as of April 2018.
Energy Savings Trust

The cavity wall insulation that is installed through the ECO grant scheme a man made fibre similar to loft insulation, but finely chopped so as to fit in between your walls. It is moisture proof and cannot pass dampness from your exterior wall to the interior wall via the cavity

Energy Performance assessors

Johanna found hers just looking online  He seemed good but was not compared with any other   Gavin Glascodine   3 Fox Covert Avenue EH 12 6UQ   07877294171

Stroma is a government approved  body which lists assessors by locality – referred to on CPC certificate so your assessor should be Stroma approved.  However they do not list local assessors but say use one of these links https://www.epcregister.com/     https://www.scottishepcregister.org.uk/     

City of Edinburgh Climate Emergency

On Friday 25 October the Policy and Sustainability Committee was looking at detailed information on how we can move to Carbon Neutral by 2030. Transport and Domestic energy demand are two important sectors requiring changes. 

More efficient lighting at home is mentioned;    how many of us have changed to LEDs ?

Cutting our expectation of heating is another option – where is my extra layer before I turn the heating up?

No computer?       to search these links – your local library can help you.                   

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