We now have over 10 years experience of working as a Community Trust and have established some skills and some history which we can share with others .
FDT was fortunate to have its own Energy Advisor, Matthew Black, working within the village for eight years, largely funded through various grant awards. Unfortunately, Matthew left the trust in 2019 and the trust took the decision not to replace him.
However, energy advice is still key to what the trust does and we now have an established relationship with Home Energy Scotland (HES) who offer free, impartial advice on energy saving, keeping warm at home, renewable energy, greener travel, cutting water waste and more. HES is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Energy Saving Trust. HES can also give advice on all the different grants and loans that are available.
A number of householders in Fintry have recently had home visits from HES and have fitted new low-carbon heating systems as a result.
If you want help from Home Energy Scotland, and want an introduction to them, contact us and we’ll let them know. Otherwise, you’re welcome to get in touch with HES directly.
We also have a thermal imaging camera which is ideal for locating sources of heat loss and poor insulation etc.
When resources are available we can supply a number of grants to assist the costs of carrying out energy efficiency measures .
Where appropriate we welcome visitors to Fintry to share our experiences and history.
We currently work with Universities such as St Andrews and Strathclyde, who regularly bring students to hear about the work of the Trust and witness community renewable projects in action.
Other communities and groups who seek to achieve similar goals are also welcome to visit and discuss our shared ambitions.
We have hosted many visitors from quite far afield – Estonia, Brazil, Papua, Australia and Africa as well as many “nearer to home” groups!