The HEAT Project energy advisor audio diary

To mark Scottish Housing Day, and in partnership with Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust, the HEAT Project is giving you an insight into some of the work we do to help people reduce home energy consumption and energy bills.
About one fifth of the energy consumed in Scotland is used to heat, power, and light our homes. Saving energy in the home can reduce Scotland’s impact on climate change and save households money. But where do you start?


Martin Mathers

Project manager

Martin has an honours degree in environmental science, and over three decades experience in energy and climate change issues.  He has also renovated several houses including  improving the energy efficiency so his expertise runs from the scientific to the practical.

Craig Thompson

Energy Advisor

Craig has extensive knowledge of energy tariffs, heating systems and renewable technologies. He also has experience in funding for insulation and other energy saving measures, and has worked with several successful community projects across the country.

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The HEAT Project provides a free , professional energy advice service to households , private landlords and tenants to help them reduce their energy bills and meet Scottish Government Energy Efficiency Targets. Our project area (North and East Perthshire) covers Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie and Rattray, Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Birnam and Perth .

Scottish Housing Day Audio Diary

Chapter one

An introduction to the Heat Project

Martin Mathers, project manager, gives a brief introduction to the heat project. He then talks about the research we might do before carrying out a home energy survey.

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Chapter two

The home energy survey

Craig Thompson, energy advisor, reviews the home energy survey process and the key issues found on a visit to a private rented flat in Blairgowrie.

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Chapter three

In the community

Craig hosts an energy surgery at the food store event in Rattray, hosted by ProCom, a local charity.

Chapter four

A worrying issue for the project area

Martin sums up the audio diary so far and explains why we feel it is important to flag up one particular issue, which Craig deals with in detail next

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Chapter five

Total Heating, Total Control

Craig discusses “total heating, total control” – a tariff offered by Scottish ad Southern Energy which is coming to an end in the near future. This enforced change might see some consumers facing one off charges to change meters, so Craig looks at the options.


Chapter five


Martin stresses the importance of home energy consumption both to reduce household cost of living and to reduce our impact on climate change.

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