Eco Savvy News and an Eco Advent Calendar

In case you haven’t seen the latest Eco Savvy newsletters, here are some of the recent Savvy happenings…To start off, here is an Eco Advent Calendar for December.

This year we have put together an eco advent calendar with lots of ideas for a more environmentally friendly Christmas, some of which should save you some money and are fun to do with your family.

If you’re very ambitious, try to do them all day by day or do as many as you can in no particular order throughout December and tick them off as you go.

Arran Bike Repair Stations

We are excited to announce that North Ayrshire Council have given Arran two Grease Monkey bike repair stations! These have recently been situated outside the Velo Cafe in Lagg and outside the Sandwich Station in Lochranza. With one at both ends of the island we hope cyclists will be able to complete bike repairs if they come into difficulty out-with the larger villages on the island. It also means that if you have bought or are planning on purchasing a bike, instead of needing to buy a whole new tool kit to maintain your bike, you can use these ones.

What is available at the repair stations:
• Pump
• Cross Head Screwdriver
• Flathead Screwdriver
• 3 way Socket
• 150mm Adjustable Spanner
• Chain Tool
• Torx Key
• Needle Nose Pliers
• 2 x Metal Tyre Levers

These repair stations support our savvy travel project and we hope you get good use out of them!


Recipe Submissions

You may have seen in the Banner recently that we are helping put together a recipe book and are looking for your submissions!
Eco Savvy’s food coordinator Jess Wallace is working with cookbook author and owner of events business MarketCraft Nick Paul and island graphic designer Simon Ross-Gill to create the new cookbook: The Arran Home Recipe Book, which will be published early next spring.

Nick said: ‘Arran is proud of the quality of the food produced here and with such great ingredients as honey, dairy goods, breads, whisky, beers, vegetables including the famous Arran varieties of potatoes, fresh herbs, beef, lamb and game, the finest seafood plus chocolates, chutneys, jams and oatcakes there is a wealth of possibilities from the local producers who are so passionate about the standards of their products.

‘We hope that the forthcoming Arran recipe book will be a source of inspiration to residents and visitors alike to create some lovely home cooked meals that both support the island businesses and nourish the body with the best fresh, local and seasonal produce.’

To submit a recipe, follow this link

New cashback incentive for homeowners in Scotland

A new £4.5 million cashback incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes has been announced by the Scottish Government!

Homeowners will be able to apply for 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40% cashback up to £6,000 for energy efficiency measures. Through this you could receive up to £13,500 of Scottish Government support, helping you to improve energy efficiency in your home and save money on bills. This is in addition to the £4 million renewable heat cashback scheme for small and medium-sized businesses which opened for applications at the start of November.

Both incentives operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of financial year 2020/21. More information about the cashback grant scheme can be found on the Home Energy Scotland website.

For anyone who is interested in using this initiative for energy efficiency measures and/or renewables, and would like advice on what would be suitable for their home and installer information, please email our energy advisor: