Energy agency scoops award

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THE Energy Agency, based at Auchincruive, has won another award for its work helping households reduce their energy use and save money on their fuel bills. The powerPerfector Energy Award 2012 was presented at this year’s Scottish Energy and Environment Conference at Ayr Racecourse.

The award was presented by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, and was awarded to an organisation which has taken a pro-active approach to energy consumption.

The project offered free cavity wall insulation, loft and top-up loft insulation, energy advice and access to the Scottish Government Energy Assistance Package. The project was ambitious, as it targeted 4,963 households in a very short time frame, but its success has resulted in a lifetime carbon dioxide (CO2) savings of 18,500 tonnes and fuel bill savings of £3.6m.

Householder satisfaction survey results showed that 85 per cent of households said they would change their behaviour further to reduce energy consumption, which would mean even more CO2 savings. The Energy Agency was appointed Managing Agent by South Ayrshire Council who had successfully obtained funding from Scottish Government.

Liz Marquis, Director of the Energy Agency, said: “It is wonderful that the Energy Agency team has been recognised by the powerPerfector Award. I hope that many more households will benefit from free insulation by contacting the Energy Agency.”

The success of the project has resulted in further funding being awarded to South Ayrshire Council to run a similar project throughout South Ayrshire.

Anyone wishing more information, go to www.energyagency.org.uk or phone freephone 0800 512012.

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram attended the awards ceremony. He said: “I am delighted to see locally-based Energy Agency receive this award for their innovative and ambitious work.