A Kirkcaldy charity which helps locals tackle environmental issues at home and in the wider community has been praised in Parliament.
MSP Claire Baker led a members debate about the work of Greener Kirkcaldy, as politicians and campaigners gear up to support WWF’s Earth Hour later this month.
“It was great to get the opportunity to support and debate the hard work of Greener Kirkcaldy in the Scottish Parliament and promote their work to other MSPs and the Scottish Government,” said the Labour MSP.
“I have signed up for one of their free home energy checks and would urge readers to do the same as it could help lower their household energy bills.”
Greener Kirkcaldy, which is funded by the Climate Change Fund, provides advice on support schemes, particularly loft and cavity wall insulation programmes, and helps reduce consumers’ energy bills by helping people switch to cheaper providers.
Public demand has rocketed. The organisation recently dealt with a record number of enquiries, peaking at 1030 between October and December last year.
Local MSP David Torrance said help was invaluable in times of growing fuel poverty.
He said: “The advice and support provided by the team has had a hugely positive impact upon constituents’ standards of living as well as helping save vast sums on their home energy bills.”
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser also praised the “hard work” and “commitment” of volunteers and advisors at the project.
“The green movement starts at home and that’s why community organisations like Greener Kirkcaldy are so important in communicating energy efficiency and waste reduction strategies to the wider public,” he said.
Greener Kirkcaldy’s Senior Development Worker Lisa Farrell said: “A number of our staff and volunteer team were in attendance for the debate and were very happy with the response and genuine interest in the work we do.”
Earth Hour takes place at 8.30p.m. on March 29 when millions of people switch of their lights for an hour to show their support for those threatened by climate change.
The Greener Kirkcaldy Advice Centre and Eco-Shop is located at 254a High Street, Kirkcaldy .
Call (01592) 858458 or visit www.greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk/.