Going green is real deal

Energy experts David Hadden and Lynda Stevenson with the award.
Energy experts David Hadden and Lynda Stevenson with the award.

Saving people money and energy has secured North Lanarkshire Council the prestigious team of the year award at the National Green Deal and Eco awards.

Through their work to provide heating solutions and practical energy saving tips for residents, the Local Homes energy team secured first place ahead of competition from across Scotland at the awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

Almost 800 homes, both council and privately owned properties, have benefited from newly installed thermal performance solutions and external wall insulation as part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Scotland.

The council’s head of housing property Des Murray said: “We have been working hard to improve homes across our communities and to secure this top award is an outstanding achievement.

“Everyone knows the importance of having a warm and eco friendly home, and we want to help people achieve this while also saving them money on their household bills.

“Our team focuses on providing tailored solutions for our residents, identifying a range of measures including cavity and external wall insulation and efficient heating solutions.

“In addition, we are currently running our collective Big Switch money saving campaign to encourage people to sign up and save money on their future fuel bills.”

The Big Switch is open to all households and small businesses and is a collective switching service to help reduce energy costs.

To sign up to the big switch and for energy saving advice visit www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/energy or call 01698 274526.

Registration closes at midnight on May 18.