Monday, 5 February 2018

Electric Vehicle Roadshow coming to Ayr Racecourse

Ayr goes electric!
 EV Roadshow comes to town

--- Home Energy Scotland brings Tesla Model S and Model X, BMW i3 and 330e, Nissan Leaf, Renault ZOE and others all under one roof ---
--- Love the EV Experience and test drive an electric car for free at Ayr Racecourse event ---

Ayr is set to welcome a wide range of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars, as the town hosts its first ever EV Roadshow.

The free event on Saturday 24 February at Ayr Racecourse, will give drivers in the south west unprecedented access to some of the most exciting electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the market today, including the Tesla Model S and Model X, BMW i3 and 330e, Nissan Leaf and the Renault ZOE.

As well as the opportunity to speak to experts about the cars on show, Home Energy Scotland specialist transport advisors will be on hand to offer independent advice about the benefits of going electric and to talk through the financial support available including how to access an interest-free loan of up to £35,000 to buy a new electric or plug-in hybrid car.  Charge points will be on display and our advisors can explain the funding for home charging and advise drivers on how to use public charging.

Matthew Eastwood, Head of Transport, Scotland, from Energy Saving Trust said:

“Driving an EV compared to a petrol or diesel car could save you up to £320 on average every year. As well as lower running costs, electric cars are easy and fun to drive, with no engine noise. Both the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 are widely recognised as two of the most desirable cars on the market.

“Renault ZOE and Nissan Leaf are more affordable, but by no means less impressive. With longer ranges than ever before and zero-interest loans available to help with purchase, there’s no better time to switch to electric.”

The free event will be from 10am-4pm on Saturday 24th February 2018. For more information, visit

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Energy Agency wins national Energy Awards 2017

Energy Agency has won a coveted 2017 Energy Award.

The results of the Energy Awards 2017 were revealed on the 6th December at the esteemed Hilton Park Lane, London where the energy industry elite came together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements.

Energy Agency won the Residential Building Energy Project of the Year and was praised by the expert judging panel, drawn from across the energy sector.

With 18 targeted categories, the awards, recognise the leading people, products, projects and services in the sector, from Smart Product to Innovation of the Year to Supplier of the Year.

This diversity means the Energy Awards, run by B2B publisher Emap, are amongst the most sought-after accolades in the industry. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Andrew Gaved, co-organiser of the Awards said “With energy so much part of the fabric of our business lives and personal lives, it is important to recognise the companies that make a difference to its use, management and supply.

It is a hugely diverse industry, where a lot of great work is going on, from innovative technology to inspiring projects to great service, so we are proud to once again showcase the best of the best. It is also worth emphasising that our winners are not just helping customers save money, they are helping them save carbon, so it is no exaggeration to say they are doing their bit to help save the planet too”

Liz Marquis Director of the Energy Agency said "It is wonderful to receive recognition for these worthwhile schemes. We are working hard with our partners to reduce fuel poverty in local communities and improve quality of lives”

Photo - Keith Horgan, OFGEM, Liz Marquis Director, Alan McGonigle Deputy Director, Host and Comedian Tom Allen

Monday, 20 November 2017

Energy Agency wins NHIC George Plucknett Award for Excellence

Liz Marquis, Director and Alan McGonigle, Deputy Director collected the prestigious NHIC Award for Excellence at a luncheon in Westminster, London.

The award is presented to the category-winning entrant that most closely fulfils the objectives of the National Home Improvement Council.  The late George Plucknett was a key activist in setting up and firmly establishing the Council as an agent for change on behalf of homeowners and tenants. 

Liz Marquis said 'It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award and is an acknowledgement of the important work that we do. Winning the award has brought the Energy Agency to the attention of members from both Houses of Parliament and leaders from a wide range of industries who all attended'.

From left to right - Paul Everall, Alan McGonigle Deputy Director, Baroness Maddock, Liz Marquis Director

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Our Sustainable Transport Advisor Laura, wins Paths for All Step Count Challenge Award

National walking charity Paths for All  held their annual Volunteer Awards in Glasgow to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers in delivering Scotland’s National Walking strategy. Volunteers are involved in a diverse range of activities from grass cutting to leading sensory impairment walks and organising Walking Football competitions to chatting over a cup of tea after a Health Walk. Everyone involved in Paths for All’s everyday walking activities are not just more active, they have made more friends and are having fun!

Our Sustainable Transport Advisor, Laura Anderson, won the Step Count Champion of the Year Award. Hundreds of nominations were received but Laura won for showing the hallmarks of a true champion: overcoming barriers, inspiring others and being an all round great colleague. 

Laura a self confessed couch, pizza and  wine lover, motivated herself and her colleagues to get more active by trying to beat each other's daily step count. She's been surprised to discover her inner competitor.

Now she walks at  lunchtimes and even plans hiking  weekends and holidays. Her husband's a bit bemused by his new wife but they're both feeling the benefit. She's keeping her colleagues on their toes and off the couch. 

The winner in the office for the greatest number of steps was Lucy. In the 8 week period Lucy walked 823,518 steps which equates to 369 miles.

Watch this space, a new Step Count Challenge has began!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Energy Agency sponsors The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award

The Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2017

Fair Trade campaigners, businesses and supporters came together on Thursday 12th October to celebrate the 5th annual Scottish Fair Trade Awards. The event, organised in collaboration with Rainbow Turtle, took place in Paisley's St. Mirin's Catheral. Following the awards, attendees enjoyed an inspiring talk from visiting producer, Sneha Kapur, Marketing Manager at the Indian-based manufacturer Mandala Apparels as well as a delicious Fair Trade meal.
The Fair Trade and Climate Change Award is a new award this year to recognise groups who are taking action to raise awareness of the links between Fair Trade and combatting climate change. The winners of this award are from Kyle Academy who are a group of hard-working and committed individuals who have achieved “Fair Achiever” status for their school twice. They have also helped the school to achieve the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, as well as winning the Gold Medal of South Ayrshire’s Provost Footprint Challenge with their co-operative work with the school’s eco group. 

Pictured left to right - Councillor Ian Cochrane, Pupils from Kyle Academy & Liz Marquis, Director of Energy Agency

To read more of the 2017 winners click here

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Energy Agency wins National Award for Project Management Company of the Year

The Energy Agency won the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award 2017 for Project Management Company of the Year.

The award was presented at a Gala Dinner on Friday 29th September at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. The event was hosted by Dan Walker and awards presented by Sir Lenny Henry.

Liz Marquis, Director and Alan McGonigle, Deputy Director accepted the award and was  joined by sponsors of the category, Johnstone's