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Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, Scotland

Islanders doing it for themselves

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OWL electricity monitors allow households to keep an eye on how much power they are using, on the Isle of Eigg

If you don’t think you can really reduce your energy consumption, then go and talk to the Islanders of Eigg. By carefully managing their energy use, actively encouraging energy-saving in everyone’s daily life and generating 90% of electricity through renewable energy, the Islanders have cut their carbon by nearly 50%. As the Chair of the Island’s Green Team says, “in a community-led scheme like ours, people have more responsibility to save energy, but if it’s led by the government, people just leave it to the authorities.”