Chalmers & Co returns to the Haddington Show as the main sponsors on Saturday 2nd of July along with The Energy Saving Trust and Winton House, the castle and hospitality venue, as co-sponsors. All three organisations support a green approach to business and life style.
Chalmers & Co provides integrated, rural property services from its Haddington office – Architecture, Estate Agency, and Estate Management & Consultancy – which all contribute to the firm’s vision of “Shaping the countryside”. With its roots firmly planted in agricultural East Lothian, the firm has many long standing local landowners, landlords and farmers as clients.
Chalmers & Co, whose Haddington High Street offices are heated by a state-of-the-art wood pellet heating system, also advises clients on renewable energy options and on both how to save money through energy efficiency and how to generate it from wind and wood, the sun and the earth, and generous government incentives. Combining the in-house teams with specialist external consultants enables clients to benefit from genuinely impartial, professional advice that highlights the opportunities whilst exposing the myths about renewable energy.
Show co-sponsor Winton House is an exclusive use castle with a green approach to business. It has just achieved a gold Green Tourism Business Scheme award (GTBS) for its sustainable hospitality services and corporate responsibility policy. Winton has hosted many memorable private parties over the centuries and continues that tradition today with private celebrations, weddings, dinners and corporate events (and not just for Jacobites!). The spectacular venue is a hidden gem in the heart of the county where all things green and local come naturally.
Sarah Fuller, a surveyor at Chalmers & Co, comments: “The introduction of the government’s Feed-in-Tariff has transformed the economic case for small scale wind energy – even a single turbine can now prove very worthwhile. There is often more than one energy option for farms and domestic property. For unbiased studies of real-life projects, a good starting point is the website www.greenenergynet.com. Chalmers & Co has a local link with the company behind the website which offers professional, renewables consultancy services for some of our clients.“
David Brackenridge, Chalmers & Co’s chartered architect, says: “With fuel costs likely to stay high, home owners and landlords need to consider alternative energy solutions. We can offer cost effective, practical and sympathetic energy saving options for our clients. Chalmers & Co recently redeveloped a client’s 3 bedroom cottage; we stripped, insulated, double glazed and equipped it with a multi-fuel heating system including solar panels, doubling the capital value and which we re-let within two weeks of completion. ”
Home Renewables Advisor Pilar Rodriguez from co-sponsors the local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre will also be on hand to provide free, impartial advice on technology and funding for insulation and small-scale renewables. The Energy Saving Trust helps people save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Show visitors are invited to call into Chalmers & Co’s marquee for some locally produced light refreshments and to meet staff from all three organisations.
Further information: www.chalmers-surveyors.com (01620 824000) www.wintonhouse.co.uk (01875 340222) and www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland (0800 512 012). The photograph is courtesy of Tony Marsh Photography.