Resource Efficient Scotland helps businesses to heat up and save money

Resource Efficient Scotland, a Scottish Government funded programme of Zero Waste Scotland, has helped businesses across Scotland to reduce their heating bills and save money in the process, thanks to a free package of support.

24 Mar 15

Heating often costs Scottish organisations over half of their total energy spend. Around 45 percent of businesses audited by the Resource Efficient Scotland programme over the last two years stood to save money and energy consumption by implementing projects to improve their space heating.

Over 100 businesses across the country have accessed help at a series of workshops and webinars over the last few months, designed to help decision makers avoid the common mistakes that organisations make when heating their sites, and also share a wide-range of typical cost-saving opportunities.

Two new guides, an implementation guide which looks at how to save money and energy on heating and a procurement support guide for businesses looking to undertake a biomass heating project, have been published today and can be accessed at

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland said:  “Heating is a major expense for Scottish organisations, so it’s not surprising that space heating improvement is the most frequently identified saving opportunity amongst businesses we’ve supported.

“However, the good news is that there are lots of straightforward cost-saving opportunities available, as highlighted in our new guides, essential reading for anyone with a role in managing or influencing energy related costs.”

Ian Irvine Engineering is a family–run marine and general engineering business based on Whalsay in the Shetland Islands. 

Following advice and support from Resource Efficient Scotland, the organisation has installed wall, floor and roof insulation, and an air source heat pump which replaced multiple portable energy heaters.  Lighting was also upgraded with energy efficient lamps.  These actions have allowed Ian Irvine to create energy efficient and comfortable premises for his employees, and in doing so save an estimated £3,000 on annual heating bills.

Owner and Manager Ian Irvine said: “Heating is such a large part of energy bills.  I would encourage any business that is keen to save energy and money to look at opportunities in this area, and the advice and support from Resource Efficient Scotland is a great place to start.”

Two webinars, ‘Top 10 ways to save energy and reduce your space heating bill’ and ‘How to carry out a successful biomass heating project’ can also be viewed online at

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