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Free loft and cavity wall insulation returns

Herefordshire Council and Marches Energy Agency (MEA) are encouraging residents to sign up to the Keep Herefordshire Warm (KHW) scheme to receive free loft and cavity wall insulation*.

The scheme, which follows on from the successful 2012 initiative, is working in partnership with experienced Midlands based contractor, Insuheat Ltd to deliver quality loft and cavity wall insulation across the county.

The scheme forms part of the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which came into effect in January 2013 and places an obligation on UK electricity and gas suppliers to help homes save on their bills and reduce carbon emissions. As funding levels for the scheme can change and offers tend to be for a limited time only, the council is encouraging residents to join in the scheme as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The scheme is open to all home owners / occupiers and private tenants and there is no need to be in receipt of benefits or live in a particular area. There may also be other financial assistance available to those wishing to install additional more expensive energy efficiency measures and further information is available from KHW.

According to the Energy Saving Trust**, loft insulation can save householders up to £150 a year on their heating bills whilst cavity wall insulation can save in the region of £145.

Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “This is a very worthwhile scheme for residents to sign up to as it could potentially save them hundreds of pounds a year on their heating bills.

“When we ran the scheme in 2012, over 300 households across Herefordshire benefited from either loft insulation or cavity wall insulation or in some cases both.”

For more information on the Keep Herefordshire Warm scheme, please call 0800 677 1432 (free from a landline), text 07583 740914 or e-mail khw@mea.org.uk.

* This is subject to a free survey and householders are under no obligation should they change their mind.

** Please note that the savings figures were supplied by the Energy Saving Trust on 17 March 2014, based on a semi-detached house with gas central heating.

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