Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

KLAS Care CiC Energy Efficient Family Centre opens with LEAP support

KLAS Care C.I.C Linwood Family Centre official opening took place this Weds 12th Sept.

We at LEAP are delighted to have been part of the journey to creating this beautiful eco-refurbished space for flexible childcare supporting Linwood families and the wider community. We started our joint working with KLAS Care on this project way back in 2016 securing funds through British Airways Carbon Fund and PureLeapfrog to carry out eco-refurbishment and energy efficiency upgrades to the former East Fulton Primary School Janitors house; the bungalow which KLAS Care obtained through council asset transfer after it had lain derelict for many years.

Through the skills and determination of KLAS Care directors Lesley Compston and Kirsty McKenzie; match funding and securing further investment against the initial BA Carbon Funding through LEAP meant the project could grow and add an extension to the building and transform it into the fantastic hub it now is, for childcare and the wider Linwood community. Well done all at KLAS Care C.I.C!

Don’t forget our LEAP Linwood Family Support Project offers free practical assistance focused on Linwood and Johnstone residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home. If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, please contact LEAP in confidence via our contact form or call us on 01505 612 034.

LEAP Linwood Family Support Project

LEAP Linwood Family Support Project offers free practical assistance focused on Linwood and Johnstone residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home.

Supported through Scottish Power Energy People Trust, the programme aims to reach a minimum of 80 households in partnership with KLAS Care CiC.

If you or anyone in your family is struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes  LEAP’s Energy team will carry out practical actions to help to improve your home’s warmth and comfort and save money in the long term.

The types of FREE practical energy efficiency actions LEAP can provide may include fitting draught strips, letterbox/ keyhole seals, chimney balloons, minor repairs (structural draught proofing), pipe lagging, tank jackets, window seals, secondary glazing, loft insulation including coombed ceilings or tricky areas, loft hatches, and introducing the use of low energy/LED light bulbs, power down plugs, energy monitors and radiator panels to reduce the energy used for heating and lighting in the home. 

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, please contact LEAP in confidence by email to via our website contact form or call us on 01505 612 034.

LEAP will consider and support everyone who gets in touch and if you are ineligible for this specific programme LEAP can provide other help, advice or referrals.

LEAP Wednesday Energy Advice surgery in The Carrick Centre, Houston

Our LEAP Energy Advisors Alan Vince and Alasdair Bryson are now available weekly in The Carrick Centre, Houston, PA6 7HD every Wednesday, 10am – 3pm.

All our advice is free, impartial, and we hope to find ways to help you reduce your fuel bills, save money and improve your comfort at home.

We can explain grants for insulation or energy saving measures you may be eligible for. We can also carry out a free Home Energy Check, Thermal Image and Draught Test of your home to identify cold and draughty spots.

Call in and have a chat with our friendly team!

Ellen – Saving Pennies and the Planet

thermal image LEAP ellen arnison blog post

Local Journalist & Blogger, Ellen has started her journey to creating a more energy efficient and cost effective home.   She had started off some time ago with a Home Energy Check and this lead to a Draught Test and carrying out a Thermal Image…

now Ellen is sharing her story about the  measures that have been recommended for her own home and LEAP are helping her monitor the temperature changes in her home too. to read more about Ellen’s story in her blog, Click Here!


Local Blogger on Thermal Image

Ellen Arnison BloggerLocal Blogger Ellen Arnison blogging about the thermal images that she got through LEAP.

click here to follow the link to ‘colour me cosy – thermal image pics’

Great to see people talking about some of the things that we can all do to save money and energy our homes.

You can arrange for one of our team to come out and give you free, impartial advice to help you out with energy saving ideas that are designed around your home and lifestyle. Call 01505 842 530 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


LEAP’s new Drop In Centre Opens in Bridge of Weir

LEAP Bridge of Weir Open Day Celebratory Event CrowdOn Saturday 19th January

At LEAP’s Celebratory Opening Event for LEAP’s Drop in Centre in Bridge of Weir, Jim Sheridan MP  officially opened LEAP’s new Bridge of Weir Drop in Centre, cutting the HUGE Recycled Ribbon.

The event was well attended with lots of local residents enjoying the Thermal Image camera in action, competitions and give-aways.

LEAP’s twin aims are helping local residents save energy and money. We do this through providing free, impartial advice on insulation, New Bridge of Weir Car Club Member J Findlay draught proofing, heating, renewable energy generation, grants and subsidies. We also support a network of local volunteers working to make our villages more sustainable and are involved in education, promoting local foods and transport. Our Car Club is also expanding into Bridge of Weir, with a car sited in the Livery Walk car park.  One of the first new member for Bridge of Weir, Jane Findlay signed up at the opening event.



Free Home Insulation in Renfrewshire – Cavity Wall and Loft Insulation

You may be still eligible for FREE Cavity Wall and/or Loft Insulation

Funded by Renfrewshire Council worth around £400

From carrying out a Home Energy Check of your property during the course of the LEAP project we have identified that you are most likely to be able to take advantage of the Free Cavity Wall insulation and/or Free Loft Insulation.

What are the benefits?

  • The measures are FREE of charge, worth around £400
  • You will save money on the costs of heating your home
  • You will be able to reduce carbon emissions

Am I eligible?

Not every home will be eligible, to meet the criteria:

  • Renfrewshire Resident, either home owner or private tenant
  • Home with unfilled cavity wall/s
  • No loft insulation or less than 150mm in depth

Time is limited

The funding is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis across Renfrewshire.   LEAP want to help promote this offer within Lochwinnoch, Howwood and Kilbarchan to ensure local residents can make use of this funding.

This Scheme has closed, call: 01505 842 530 for more up to date schemes that you may be entitled to.