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Free loft insulation for first 1,000 householders
Release date: Thu, 15/09/2011
As autumn draws in and the temperature drops, a new scheme that will enable hundreds of residents to cut their heating bills and keep warm gets under way.
Bristol City Council has joined forces with npower, Wolseley and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to offer up to 1,000 householders across the city the chance to claim free loft insulation which will be also delivered to their home free.
The scheme, open to the first 1,000 people to call 0800 512 012, is funded through the Carbon Emission Reduction target by npower and the city council.
Dave Cowley from Bristol City Council, said: “We recognised that while people could buy DIY loft insulation, they would have to get the very bulky insulation home. This promotion solves that.
"The first 1,000 people to phone the free phone number with details of the existing depth of insulation in their home and the size of their loft will be able to put in an order and get it delivered for free.”
The scheme is open to everyone in Bristol who owns, or who rents a domestic property and who wishes to insulate the loft and who has not previously had funding to do so (commercial properties are excluded from this promotion).
Help to install the Rockwall insulation materials is available through the Bristol Energy Efficiency Scheme (BEES) under which you can get it installed for free if you’re over 60 – or if you’re not, you can get it done for as little as £179.
Phillip Morris of the Centre for Sustainable Energy, said: “The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target requires all domestic energy suppliers with over 50,000 customers to reduce the amount of CO2 produced by their homes.
“Suppliers meet this target by promoting the uptake of low-carbon energy solutions to household energy consumers, thereby assisting them to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes.
"Funding through this scheme has meant that for a number of years people have been able to have free or discounted loft and cavity wall insulation. However, this will be coming to an end in 2012.
“We know that there are still many unfilled cavities and un-insulated lofts out there and that there are currently no plans to fund loft and cavity wall insulation beyond next year. So now is the time to get your home insulated while it is still free or cheap, and make sure your home is as warm as can be.”
Councillor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property Services and Regeneration, said: “I would urge anyone who has not yet taken advantage of the chance to get free or discounted loft insulation to do so now.”
With energy bills currently on the increase – five of the six major energy companies have recently increased their prices – having both loft and cavity wall insulation is the sensible option, and could save customers £255 on their bills on average, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
The 0800 512 012 telephone number is that of the Energy Saving Trust advice line which is staffed by trained energy advisors.