Energy Saving Trust Scotland are trying to prove that networking isn’t just for ambitious professionals and that in fact, sustainable homes should be getting in on the act, bragging about their experiences and credentials.

It’s all for the greater good, you see. Our homes experts north of the border have been pottering away with the Scottish Government to develop an integrated Green Homes Network, which aims to give homeowners across Scotland with the right information to help them make decisions about investing in renewable technologies.

Those getting involved will be able to find out first-hand how different renewables systems run in real homes, discuss actual costs and savings with the homeowner and get obtain advice that could help them on their way to saving money and reducing their personal carbon footprint.After all, if you’re interested in something new, it’s always best to see it in action first.

The network’s had a helping hand from the word go. It was launched last week by Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP at of the keen networkers in Inverness. Don’t worry, that’s not the only one: there are already over 500 homes across Scotland who have signed up to open the doors to their energy efficient homes – after all, in an age of high energy bills, Green Deals and the like, having a green home is something to shout about, and we’ll welcome any newcomers with open arms.

One participant of the scheme is the McDermid family. After seeking our advice on what sort of renewable energy system would be best for their family’s home in West Lothian, Judith and George McDermid decided to install photovoltaic solar panels (solar PV) and a wood pellet boiler. The family wanted something that would not only help them save money, but enable them to reduce their own family carbon footprint.

As part of the Green Homes Network, an interactive web tool has been developed that enables homeowners in Scotland to browse homes in their local area. To get more hands on and visit a green home, or find out more about renewables in general, then get in touch with the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012 or visit www.greenhomesnetwork.org.uk