Member of the Week - Home Energy Scotland

This week’s Inverness Chamber Member of the Week is Home Energy Scotland - a Scottish Government programme managed by the Energy Saving Trust – featuring a network of 5 local advice centres covering all of Scotland. 

Home Energy Scotland currently employs 23 staff across the Highlands and Islands, 19 of which are based in the Inverness advice centre and 4 others spread between Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and Argyll and Bute.  The Inverness based advice centre has been in operation since late 2008 and covers the Highlands and Islands from the Mull of Kintyre to Unst. 

We spoke to Bruce Wares to find out a little bit more:

“I’m the Marketing Manager for Home Energy Scotland in the Highlands and Islands and have been in post since 2009.  My role includes planning and implementing a wide range of marketing activities covering four areas – energy efficiency, renewables and the green homes network, business transport and private sector landlords.  We also support national marketing activity when required.”

To date, Home Energy Scotland has helped an astonishing 800,000 homes across the country – offering free impartial advice from experts on energy saving, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste prevention and more.

Home Energy Scotland is keen to raise the profile of its business transport advice service – which falls under the brand of the Energy Saving Trust.  Bruce commented:

“Becky Fretwell, our Specialist Transport Advisor, works with businesses and organisations to help them save money on fuel, meet carbon reduction commitments, and engage their employees on sustainable travel choices.”

The business transport advice service covers sustainable transport reviews, low carbon transport loans, FuelGood driver training and electric vehicles.

Home Energy Scotland is also keen to promote currently available support to local businesses – to help them save money on their transport costs and improve their carbon footprint.

The organisation recently launched a fun, interactive home energy e-learning tool for employees to help them save energy at home.  The tool sits on learning platforms like learnPro and NHS Highland employees have already been using it.

In 2016, Energy Saving Trust/Home Energy Scotland was a finalist in the UK Customer Experience Awards in the Contact Centre (Large) category – a fantastic achievement!

Over the next 12 months, Home Energy Scotland will continue to focus efforts on working with householders, businesses, local authorities, NHS Highland, community groups and other key partners to help meet agreed targets covering work programmes in 2017/18.

We asked Bruce what Home Energy Scotland values most about Chamber membership and what his ‘top tip’ would be for other Chamber members to ensure they maximise their membership:

“The networking and lunchtime events have always provided useful contacts and we have used the members’ database several times for email marketing.  Partnership working with the Chamber on events (transport, supply chain and a keynote lunch slot) has proved effective for us, helping extending our reach of members via the Chamber’s communication channels and those attending the keynote lunch itself.”

Home Energy Scotland’s expert independent advice can help employers reduce business transport costs and lower emissions, helping to meet carbon reduction commitments.  To find out more, please visit the website or contact the team directly.

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