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Online low-carbon workshops to be held by Transition Black Isle


By Philip Murray

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Installing loft insulation. A cost effective thickness for loft insulation is 27cm. Adding more will improve insulation but the payback time for the investment will be longer.
Installing loft insulation. A cost effective thickness for loft insulation is 27cm. Adding more will improve insulation but the payback time for the investment will be longer.

WORKSHOPS aimed at helping people make the switch to low-carbon heating are being held by Transition Black Isle.

The three workshops, which begin on Tuesday and continue for another two weeks, are being held to offer advice amid a growing cost of living crisis and surging energy prices.

Held with support from Home Energy Scotland, evening workshops will look at best practice in improving a home's energy efficiency, choosing the best source of heat, and how to manage the process.

All sessions include an expert speaker and an opportunity to discuss specific problems in smaller groups. The number of attendees will be limited to 60.

Session one is on Tuesday, March 8, and will look at ways to houses warmer and cheaper to heat, without compromising on internal air quality or risking damage to the fabric of the building.

Session two, on Tuesday, March 15, considers the various low carbon methods of heating the house (heat pumps, biomass and electric heaters) and the circumstances which suit each.

The third session, on March 22, deals with managing the change – including financial assistance, choosing contractors, and advice from those who've already been through the process.

"Today the cost of energy is a major topic, with those with access to mains gas facing costs that have more in common with rural communities living off the gas-main network," said a spokesman.

"With Scotland’s Climate Commitment to attain Net Zero in decades, there is no better time to consider how our homes and businesses can be efficiently heated with lower energy demand, and to see what the options are when current boilers are no longer economic to repair and must be replaced."

Register to attend at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/low-carbon-home-heating-tickets-25696272141. Visit Transition Black Isle's website, www.transitionblackisle.org for more information.


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