VICTORY FOR SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES
At 2.30 pm on Thursday 11th July the doors opened at the Victory Memorial Hall in St Andrews. Many Fife home owners were made aware of this event regarding the ‘Shine on Fife Scheme’. The day was geared for Fifers interested and financially able to install Solar Technologies to their home.
On offer from StAndEN and Home Energy Scotland’s Renewable’s Experts was free independent advice and help understanding the process to go through of getting the best for their home and understanding the grants available to them. The advice was offered over a cup of tea and a one to one with a renewable expert.
It was a glorious day in St Andrews which may have hampered the numbers that turned out but those that did were genuinely looking to install these technologies and were very interested in what we had to offer. All will be contacted soon and followed up with a visit from a Renewable Expert.
Of course there will be many who did not learn of the event or could not manage along. For them there is still time to contact us at StAndEN.
The Sun Shines On July’s Farmer’s Market
On Saturday, 6th of July StAndEN headed to St Andrews Farmer’s market. The sun was shining and tourists and locals alike poured into the market to buy local produce. The team on the StAndEN stall were there to promote the ‘Shine on Fife’ scheme to as many Fife homeowners as possible.
The SOF scheme is directed at Fife holders who have an interest in installing solar photo voltaic panels to generate their own electricity and also solar thermal panels to heat their own hot water. The promotion was to make people aware that they could generate their own electricity for less than £5,000 and their own hot water for less than £3,000.
StAndEN along with Home Energy Scotland and Greener Kirkcaldy understand the difficulty homeowners have, particularly when they are very interested in installing these new technologies, of making decisions of who to get quotes from, who to get advice from and what grants are available and what you have to do to get them.
The ‘Shine on Fife’ project which runs from June till November and if you are considering these technologies now is the time to have it done. The current payback FIT’s (Feed In Tariffs) is still better than what you would get if your money was in the bank. The aim of the scheme is to help home owners by giving free, impartial advice and no strings attached and certainly no hard sell. The StAndEN team will be there through the process and for when help is required.
The day at the market proved most beneficial to the numbers of Fifers we spoke to.
School Visits still ‘a big hit’ with the children
The team from StAndEN revisited Lawhead Primary School. The Primary 5’s listened to a Renewable Presentation and took part in practical demonstrations showing how the different renewable technologies worked. This was done using an S Cube and varied solar toys to demonstrate. Unfortunately the weather was not at it’s best to show off the wind technologies to their best.
Again on Monday 22nd April, Lawheads P5’s invited us back to talk about Insulation and to test what they remembered about the previous meeting we had with them. The children responded very well and the team were impressed with their enthusiasm and keenness to learn and to ask questions. All enjoyed the presentation and particularly the practical demonstration and question time before the bell went.
Lack of Sunshine did not dull the Renewable and Energy Presentation at CANONGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL.
StAndEN’s Project Manager, Jane Kell, spoke to the primary 1 to 3 on Energy. The Energy talk was geared toward the younger age groups. Participation in answering the questions was high and the subject matter was understood by all. Two of the classmates volunteered to be dressed up in front of their classmates. They were to pretend they were houses and the dress up showed the children how houses should be INSULATED.
A different presentation, this time on RENEWABLES was carried out with the P4-5’s and then the P6-7’s. The presentation in both cases was broken up half way through with a practical look at how electricity can be made from light, demonstrating how solar photo voltaic panels work and using the S Cube gave examples of what the electric could power from a small PV. The children enjoyed the examples shown but it has to be said the sun was nowhere to be seen and disallowed the items requiring more voltage to be shown working. Before leaving the teacher asked if we could come back and do a more in depth talk with more examples when the weather improved.
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How it works:
- Grab a recent energy bill then go online to scotstogether.com
- Enter your details and have a look at the deal organised by getting lots of people like you together to bulk buy electricity and gas. The more people that sign up, the better the deal becomes. If there’s a different deal that’s better for you or you’re already on the best possible price then we’ll be sure to let you know. We’ll also offer an option for energy from a more sustainable source.
- Decide whether to switch or not. There is no obligation. If you would like to switch you’ll need to accept the offer by 17 March 2013.
- Pass it on and don’t forget to tell your family and friends! The more people that sign up, the better the deal for everyone.
If you’d rather talk to an advisor first or you want to refer someone that doesn’t have internet access, we also have a freephone advice line – 0800 408 015.
Get Together= Save Money. Pass It On.
Boarhills & Dunino Community Council invite StAndEN to give a short talk as part of their monthly meeting
Project Manager, Jane Kell gave a brief talk to the community on the services StAndEN provide and advice on energy saving tips and the Green Deal and Fuel Switching.
Energy Efficiency Event at Kingsbarns Village Hall
Tuesday 26th February the StAndEN team took over Kingsbarns village hall from 2pm till 8pm. The event was open to all and had been well advertised within the community.
Kingsbarns has a very mixed population of permanent residents and holiday lets within the community so it was a little bit uncertain as to how the day would pan out. The good news is that curiousity soon brought the locals in and before we knew where we were the event was over.
The StAndEN team were able to give advice to all that came along and all were invited to a cup of tea and a chat with an energy advisor. The day turned out a success with a few visits to follow up on and some referals for Loft Insulation and helpful advice given on energy bills.
School Visits ‘a big hit’ with the children
From January through to April/May StAndEN have been visiting as many local schools within the KY16 area presenting talks on a variety of subjects which all link into a ‘sustainable project’ within their school curriculum.
StAndEN have adopted two new mascots to their team who have been introduced to all the school children during our visits with them. The challenge for the children is to give our two friends a name linking their name to the subjects covered. StAndEN plan to review all names suggested to them by the children and to officially name them by summer time.
In January we visited Lawhead School delivering presentations on Renewables to both P5’s and P6 classes. Tying in with their projects in their curriculum ” Energy Sources and Sustainability Challenge”
We also visited Canongate School where we worked with Linda Birtwhistle (Head Teacher) to cover projects with the three schools Kingsbarns and Dunino which are also under her wing.
In February we attended Greyfriars School delivering an Energy Efficiency presentation to the class of P5
Also in February we did similar presentations, on separate days to Kingsbarns and Dunino primary schools. The children enjoying the interaction with the dress ups (pretending to be houses) and playing with the S Cube understanding how Solar Electricity works and seeing what it could power.
In early March the team took on all the classes at Guardbridge Primary school incorporating pupils from their sister school Largo Ward primary school. Presentations on both Insulation and renewables were carried out to all the classes throughout the day gearing them for the varied classes. The children all came over as very interested and in many cases very knowledgeable on the subject matter. This the team found was the same for every school we attended.
COSMOS LIGHTS UP
St Andrews Environmental Network were delighted to contribute low energy light bulbs to the Cosmos Centre St Andrews as a help towards further reducing their energy bills. Established in 1971, the Cosmos aims to support community education and provide facilities for recreation, sport and leisure for people of all ages in St Andrews and the surrounding areas. The Centre is open to everyone.
The Cosmos is no different from any of the householders in St Andrews who are having to cope with ever rising fuel costs. StAndEN staff have been visiting the Cosmos Centre offering advice to the centres users and were delighted to be able to assist the Cosmos Centre at the same time.
Your local energy advisors bring to your attention the following information about what we have been doing since our new project started in March.
Firstly, a slight name change. Originally known as St Andrews Energy Network, this has changed to St Andrews Environmental Network.
StAndEN have engaged with the local primary schools and are embarking on energy projects with head teachers that will fit in with this years curriculum. The energy team are very keen to show off a dolls house that has been specially designed to allow children to change the rooms from non energy efficient to energy efficient.
The KY16 area is a large area to cover but many of you will have already received a letter through your insulated or non insulated letter box inviting you to invite us to visit you in your homes and carry out an energy audit for you and advise on how best you can reduce your energy costs, your carbon footprint and offer information of how this can be done. Many clients have already pledged to adopt new behavioural habits to reduce their energy useage and allow our advisors to follow up on.
StAndEN’s office is in the local council office in St Mary’s Place and is open to all on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.00 pm till 4.30 pm. Just call in and have a chat with us or leave a message on our phone 01334 659315. We will get back to you.
We attended THE BIG TENT in Falkland along with Transition St Andrews where we spent two fun days talking to interested folks from all over and were able to help a number of people on home insulation and other energy issues.
In June St Andrews Environmental Network opened up our own Facebook account which we thought more accessible to the younger generation. Do have a look at it when you have time.
Working with Transition we have done a studied walk of some of the Core Paths in StAndrews. Looking at where improvements can be made and mapping where they are so that locals can make better use of them. This project hopes to promote good health and reduce car use in the town.
Renewables are of great interest to us and we want to ensure that all home owners that are interested in installing renewables are aware of what they should be looking for. Our team are all knowledgeable about each type of renewable, their advantages, disadvantages and what to check for before installation. We advise you talk to us before going ahead.
We are currently trying to collate the savings home owners have made after installing Solar Photo Voltaic Panels in our area that we know of. We plan to produce information on that at a later date and if this is of interest to you please contact us on email@example.com.
Transition and StAndEN will be very active during Freshers week.
StAndEN have branched out and are now delivering an energy efficiency project in Glenrothes. This project is known as Save Energy Glenrothes and will be working with households and schools in that area hoping to reduce home energy bills.
Our clients interested in Carbon Conversations, Reducing Food Waste, Recycling, Home Composting, Community Gardens are being referred to Transition and will hear through time where these meetings will take place.
Our team are on hand to carry out home energy chats with you and help you reduce your energy bills. All you have to do is just pick up the telephone and make the call to 01334 659315. We shall take it from there.
StAndEN in Partnership with Direct Savings and St Andrews University.
Some time ago StAndEN became aware of a new heating system called Infranomic and of the low consumption of electricity it used. Problem was we had no where to test it, that is, till recently. We found a home that had storage heating and high in electricity consumption, the house is well insulated and has no draughts and is ideal for such a project. We approached this client along with the company Direct Savings who agreed to install a free system worth 5K in our clients home. This is about to take place soon and when installed we shall be monitoring it very closely to find out what savings are made. While this is happening our partners, the University, have pinpointed three university linked properties to do an in depth study of the energy consumption in each one, one being gas central heating, another storage heating and the third storage being converted to infranomic heating. We are all, to say the least, very excited to learn the results from this joint project. We shall keep you posted.
The picture shows our client testing out the heater prior to installation.
StAndEN and FRESHERS WEEK
Freshers week was in full swing, and StAndEN and Transition St Andrews and other Communities could be found working together in the Students Union. It is so important that todays’ students get off to the best start when moving from home to their own flat or University accommodation.
StAndEN’s main part at Freshers was to explain to new students how to work towards not receiving any high energy bills in their privately rented properties, and how to learn new energy saving habits and stick to them and hopefully result in reduced energy bills. An open invitation was given to all new students spoken to by our advisors, an invitation to invite us now, or in the months to come to their flat/accommodation and show them how best to use their heating controls, reduce draughts, keep warm and save money. Our advisors on duty, handed out tips, thermometers, information on reading meters, shower timers, book marks and a number to contact us for advice in the future.
The attached pictures show St Andrews Communities working together.
Climate Week 21st – 25th March
The StAndEN team took part in climate week with great gusto by holding drop in surgeries at the Cosmos Centre and three days at KK Electrics not to mention talking to people on the streets of St Andrews. Over this one week period StAndEN generated many leads to follow up on and spoke with hundreds of people advising on the use of powerdowns for television and computers. During this time 960 TV powerdowns were handed out and 460 PC powerdowns. Instruction where applicable was explained to individuals, which was very much appreciated.
SHELTERED HOUSING GROUP
On Wednesday 9th March StAndEN Champions Lynn and Anne spoke to a delightful group of residents at the Scooniehill Centre. Following the powerpoint presentation residents asked many, many questions about their home heating queries and intimated their delight in the information that we were able to give them. A total of 6 follow up visits from the presentation were asked for. During the talk the residents were told that the first person to answer the next question would win a prize. A delighted Helen answered a question about thermal imaging correctly and won a jug kettle. However all were winners today, going away with a little more helpful tips and gadgets to reduce their energy costs.
St Andrews Arthritis Group 23rd February
The St Andrews Energy Network had the pleasure of giving an energy efficiency presentation to the local Arthritis Group in the town hall on Wednesday 23rd February. What a great success it was with the St Andrews Energy Network getting several leads to follow up with home visits and information.
Throughout the evening we talked about radiator panels and their benefits, changing to low energy light bulbs and the different types of insulations to name just a few things. Also of course we mentioned the energy efficiency tips and just how to save money too!!
We finished the evening off with a chance to see the energy efficiency gadgets etc on display and everyone got a free TV and PC powerdown if they wanted one.
We had a lovely cup of coffee and biscuits and were very well recieved indeed so thanks so much to the Arthritis group particularly Marjory Fenton and Ken Crichton. We look forward to returning next year.
Community Council Coffee Morning / January 2011
This event was held once again in St Andrews Town Hall. The event was reasonably well attended and as before the StAndEN team were on hand to give energy efficiency advice to anyone with questions and to make follow up appointments to meet with residents in St Andrews in their own homes. A good number of leads were made and the Champions have taken measures since then to help solve any queries that these individuals may have had be it from inadequate insulation to discussing how they can reduce energy costs.
In addition to the above events, the champions have been out in the streets following up enquires from the Home Insulation Scheme and
creating their own leads, in order to encourage and help St Andrews residents to SAVE ENERGY – SAVE MONEY – STAY WARM.
Links have been initiated with Madras college, with the Quakers and with individuals- both students and local residents.
Leaflets have been placed in prominent places, such as the Costa Coffee shop in Market Street and in the local Council offices.
November 27th-28th -- Schools Poster Competition
All the primary schools in St Andrews have been invited to enter the
'SWITCH ON 2 SWITCHING OFF' poster competition.
Entries will be displayed in The Assembly Hall, Madras College, South St, St Andrews during the Annual Art Exhibition
EVENTS ATTENDED BY StAndEN REPRESENTATIVES
October 4th – St Andrews Ladies Association, Town Hall –
Talk and presentation on Energy Efficiency
Can we give your club or group a talk?
Contact us on 01334 659315
September 26th – St Andrews University Freshers Open Day
The new students to St Andrews University were out in force to see which club or group they might join for social, cultural and other activities. Many still found time to get some energy advice and make arrangements for us to visit them.
September 23rd - Best Garden Awards
A well attended slide show and awards evening organised by Herny Paul of the Community Council in St Andrews gave our Champion Sue the opportunity offer our advice to St Andrews residents.
September 22nd - Transition St Andrews University St John’s Gardens
Our next event took us out in the beautiful garden that is St John’s, which on the day of the event was not as tranquil as usual. That was good news for us because it meant that we had lots of people to chat with.
Individual students expressed interest in getting advice from us and student groups recognised how we can help students and they are spreading the word about us to their members.
September 18th - St Andrews Community Council Coffee Morning
Members and visitors to the community council enjoyed a cuppa and a cake, bought a raffle ticket and had the opportunity to speak to our Energy Champions in a relaxed atmosphere. The Energy Champions were all sporting their new uniforms in the StAndEN corporate identity colours of Forest Green, black and white.
Our new branding was also launched at the coffee morning, with the introduction our our new leaflet and pop-up banner and MORE to come over the next month or two. Look out for us in the streets of St Andrews as we visit the referrals from the Home Insulation Scheme and just stop us to book your appointment for us to visit you in your home and set you on your way to – SAVING ENERGY – SAVING MONEY – AND STAYING WARM.
September 4th - Farmers’ Market
We shared a stand with our colleagues in the Home Insulation with our common aim to ensure that residents in St Andrews have their home’s insulation brought up to specification with the benefit of the FREE and GRANT ASSISTED Government scheme operation in the town. Much hustle and bustle was about our stand as we took enquires and gave energy advice on the spot.
If you haven’t seen us at the market in September then make a point of coming along in November when we will be there again!
School Poster Competition 'SWITCH ON 2 SWITCHING OFF'
|1st prize: Georgia Abbot||2nd prize: Isobel Lyndsay|
|3rd prize: Anisah (Greyfriars)||1st prize: Molly Turnbull|
|2nd prize: Charlie Thomson||3rd prize: Jennifer Michie|
Firstly, a very big thank you and well done to all the children in primary school within St Andrews. A third of you participated in this event and your drawings and ideas brought a smile to all that viewed your poster entries.
The idea for this competition was 'Switch On 2 Switching Off' the slogan that the St Andrews Energy Network Project wants everyone to know. Switching off your electrical appliances, like your lights, TV's, DVD's, Wiis and Playstations etc, saves you money and saves the planet too!
The winners were judged and announced on the 27th November and the best entries in their categories were displayed at the annual art exhibition, in fact all entries were displayed in the Assembly Hall, Madras College, South Street, on the 27th & 28th November 2010. Unfortunately the weather did reduce how many people came along to see them.
The winners were as follows:-
P1 - P4 1st prize: Molly Turnbull (Canongate Primary) - £25.00 Book Token
2nd prize: Charlie Thomson (Canongate Primary) - a set of solar
3rd prize: Jennifer Michie (Canongate Primary) - solar Disney Friends
P4 - P7 1st prize: Georgia Abbot (Lawhead Primary P5) - £25.00 book token
2nd prize: Isobel Lyndsay (St Leonards) - wind up solar powered radio
3rd prize: Anisah (Greyfriars Primary) - a solar toy kit
Well done to you all and remember our slogan 'Switch On 2 Switching Off'