Fyvie home joins eco effort

Janice and Russell Quinlan opened up their Fyvie home for Green Home Energy Week
Janice and Russell Quinlan opened up their Fyvie home for Green Home Energy Week
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A Fyvie couple welcomed visitors into their home as part of Green Home Energy Week which began last Saturday.

Russell and Janice Quinlan opened up their bespoke home to visitors last Sunday, September 6.

Their house features solar PV panels, a solar thermal system, a small wind turbine and a wood pellet burner.

Their home is also complete with a back-up rechargeable battery system.

Russell and Janice’s home was developed in such a way that it could operate independently from the National Grid.

Russell said: “We had initially applied for a grant to connect our home to the grid but after this was turned down we had to rethink our project to ensure it was a success.

“By investing in renewable energy systems we were able to spread the cost instead of having to pay thousands of pounds in one lump sum.”

He added: “Although we still use bottled gas for our cooker and keep diesel for a back-up generator, which is very rarely used, our home is largely self-sufficient.”

Around 20 homeowners in the North-East opened up their homes to showcase renewable systems as part of Green Home Energy Week which runs until Sunday, September 13.

The nine-day event is delivered by Energy Saving Trust.

Renewables programme manager at Energy Saving Trust Scotland, Anthony Kyriakides, said the event: “Is a brilliant opportunity for people who aspire to have a warmer, more comfortable, cheaper to run and more energy efficient home to see for themselves a range of solutions.”