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Making home energy savings - great for people and the planet

Published 29/09/2021 by Net Zero Heroes 2 min read

Finderne, Moray

Having completed a BSc in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education at the University of Stirling, Finlay McCulloch returned to the region to do a postgrad in Sustainable Energy Solutions at the University of the Highlands of Islands. The 24 year old is putting his expertise into practice with the Finderne Development Trust, which supports community led sustainable development of the local area.

What is your role, and how does that relate to the net zero journey?

My role as the Home Energy Efficiency Project Coordinator is to encourage and support the Finderne community to adopt home energy saving behaviours and technologies that future-proof their homes, reduce their carbon footprint and save money in the process.

I help Finderne residents access information and financial support to reduce their home energy requirements through measures such as insulation. Reducing their energy needs helps to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. 15% of the UK’s greenhouse gases are produced by heating our homes, therefore minimising our home heat loss is essential to meet our net zero target.

How do you feel about the benefits of the work you're involved in?

I am really excited to be a part of the climate change journey as I believe it is the most pressing issue of our time. I'm keen to do my part to create a more sustainable future. I think it is really important to reduce our impact on the planet for the next generation who will suffer harsh consequences if we don’t do our upmost to protect the fragile ecosystems which support life. This role has made me very aware of my personal home energy use and I am always doing my best to minimise heat loss in the house. I am developing many skills in different areas including communication, research, and management skills. I have also learnt a lot about finance in terms of grants and loans which I didn't know before.

What do you love about working in Moray? 

I enjoy many aspects of working with the Finderne Development Trust but one thing that stands out is the natural beauty of the area and the friendly community spirit which make it a joy to work in.

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