He packed a lot of information into the session, explaining why fuel poverty is rampant in Lochalsh and Skye – in private as well as housing association homes. He sketched a picture of interacting factors such as lack of mains gas, high energy costs (compared to central belt), suboptimal supply chains, poorly insulated housing stock and high levels of related ill health.
Donnie emphasised the ‘first rule‘ of energy efficiency: ‘It has to be wind- and water-tight!’
The other basic considerations relate to fabric, ventilation, heating, people and tariff. So, insulate the fabric, control unwanted ventilation and promote healthy ventilation. People should develop good energy saving habits and skills to best manage their own homes. Install an efficient and easy-to-use heating system and buy energy at the cheapest tariff.
Donnie’s presentation is available as a pdf. It contains many facts, figures and illustrations along with good advice and contacts for further support and advice. Contact email@example.com if you would like a copy.