Whiting Bay Village Hall, situated on the Isle of Arran, is a popular facility used on a daily basis by a number of community groups. Heating is a major overhead for the hall, particularly during winter when the island can experience periods of extreme weather.
A mixture of LPG and portable electric heaters were the primary heating source for the hall. The hall committee was keen to upgrade to a higher performance system that reduced costs and was more energy efficient. However, as a Grade C listed building, any installations that would change the appearance of the hall would require the submission of a compelling business case to the local planning authority.
The committee contacted the service for support in identifying opportunities to upgrade its heating system. An expert conducted a free telephone audit to assess various options available to the hall, and investigated the costs, benefits and suitability of these opportunities. Ultimately, it was decided that an oil-fired heating system would be the most suitable option. We produced a robust business case for the upgrade which demonstrated that the new system would provide an efficiency improvement of 15% – corresponding to an annual energy saving worth over £2,500 and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 3.6 tonnes.
Then the team helped the committee members to apply for the Scottish Government’s interest free SME Loan and supported them throughout the loan application process.
“We are absolutely delighted with the help we received from the service which helped us to have our new heating installed in time for winter!” Sandy McGovern, Whiting Bay Village hall, Treasurer.
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