Category Archives: Home Energy Check – HEC

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!


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.



November News


The government is changing the way it encourages us all to improve the energy efficiency in our homes. At the moment Cavity Wall and Loft insulation are subsidised by government funding. In Renfrewshire these types of insulation are currently free to install, through Renfrewshire Council’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme. Early in 2013 The GREEN DEAL will be introduced and these subsidies will go and funds will be directed into this new offer. Details on how the Green Deal will work are still being finalised.

So if you have very little loft insulation or unfilled cavity walls now is the time to make the most of the free offer. If you would like to know more about how to get this done, before the funding comes to an end, please contact LEAP for a Free Home Energy Check and impartial advice.



Have you told us what you think about transport links in Lochwinnoch yet ?

Please go to the LEAP website and you can fill in the Lochwinnoch Transport Survey at or pick up a copy in the Library, the McKillop or the LEAP office. We are keen to hear your views and would like to thank everyone who has filled in the survey so far – a great response.

Local bus services have become a particular talking point for members of the community who rely on public transport of would like to use it more often. If you would like to get involved and find out more on influencing local bus services or want more information on the survey contact Scott on 842 530 or



As you may remember the LEAP Car Club was developed and launched in Lochwinnoch at the end of April this year, at the local Food Fair. We have 2 cars available from the centre of the village, in the car park of the McKillop Institute which members of the Club can hire for as little as half an hour, or as long as they wish.

6 months down the line, we have grown to 28 members, who use the Car Club for a variety of things, here are some of their stories to give a taste of the type of people who use the Car Club and why.

Kevin Cameron had two cars in his household until one of them gave up the ghost, and had to be scrapped. He joined the Car Club rather than replace this car and now uses a Car Club car when he needs to, while his wife uses the other car for work.

Self employed and working from home, Kevin uses the car to attend meetings and also has peace of mind from knowing a car is available if he needs one. He said about the Car Club, “Without the Car Club, I would have had to buy another second hand car, with the associated costs. With the Car Club I get a car that’s serviced, cleaned and MOT’d for me – all I pay for is to drive it when I need it.”

Gloria Ferrier recently got her drivers licence back after having it suspended for medical reasons. The first thing she did was arrange to join the LEAP Car Club. Gloria said, ‘The Car Club has been fantastic. I can use a car when I need it rather than having the expense of buying or leasing a car. It’s given me my independence back.”

Gloria has used the car for shopping trips and hospital appointments and would recommend it to anyone thinking about joining.

Martin Mansell is part of the steering group for LEAP and was one of the Car Club’s earliest members. Without a car, he and his wife borrowed friends’ cars when they needed to go anywhere and public transport wasn’t an option.

Martin now uses the LEAP cars, for example, for traveling to Sunday morning church service, where to get into Glasgow by public transport would mean a very long journey indeed. For Martin, the quick and easy booking process is part of the club’s appeal. “Quick and simple”, is how he described it, adding “Joining was also straightforward – show my drivers licence, sign a form and that was it.”

Other members have used cars for picking up relatives at the airport, meeting friends for lunch and using when relatives come to visit and one car isn’t enough. We also have a couple of members who have a home base in Lochwinnoch but are away most of the year. They use the Club when they are back in PA12 and need a car to get around.

LEAP Car Club is open to drivers 21 or over, with at least one year’s driving experience. As a community Car Club all profits are fed back into the Club.

If you want further information,  please contact the Car Club Coordinator Diane, call 01505 842 530 or email


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.