As part of the awareness-raising campaign for the Scottish Government-funded Energy Efficient Aberdeen programme, Scarf has sponsored the 1st hole of the recently reopened MacKenzie Championship Course at Hazlehead for a period of three years.
Energy Efficient Aberdeen aims to bridge the knowledge gap stopping owner occupiers and private landlords across the city from making improvements to the efficiency of their property.
By offering a bespoke advice service and access to government loan funding and a trusted trader database, home owners can be supported to make changes recommended on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to bring their home in line with the Scottish Government’s target of all Scottish residential properties having an EPC rating of ‘C’ or better by 2040.
In addition, private landlords are also being encouraged to sign up to the programme as new rules coming into force next year mean that to secure a new tenancy after April 2020 properties must have an EPC of at least band ‘E’, lowering to band ‘D’ by the end of March 2025.
Martin Hall, Operations Manager at Scarf, said: “We are committed to being an active part of the local community and we are delighted to be able to work with Sport Aberdeen on this sponsorship. We also look forward to holding events at the course, including our first ever Networking Golf Day in August.
“People who sign up to Energy Efficient Aberdeen will benefit, for free, from advice from industry experts, referrals into other programmes such as Home Energy Scotland, monitoring of the temperature in the property before and after measures are installed and also a free-of-charge EPC inspection after the works have been carried out.”
Funding support has also been announced in the form of an interest-free loan of up to £10,000 with a 25% cashback offer through Home Energy Scotland, the Scottish Government’s flagship energy advice service, also delivered in the North-east by Scarf.
Keith Gerrard, Sport Aberdeen Director of Healthy and Active Communities, said: “We are proud to be working with Scarf to actively promote ways that people can improve the energy efficiency of their properties. This is a great example of how we can work in partnership and encourage more people to consider how they play a part in creating a more sustainable environment.
“Sport Aberdeen is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and energy consumption which is part of our wider carbon management plan.”
In addition to home-owners and landlords, businesses can also benefit from the service through a referral to Resource Efficient Scotland, another service delivered locally by Scarf.
Scarf was established in Aberdeen in 1985 and has grown to deliver energy efficiency project on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust and local authorities as well as initiatives all aimed at alleviating fuel poverty from two sites in Aberdeen and Dundee. For more information on the work done by Scarf in the North East of Scotland please visit www.scarf.org.uk.