Council secures funding to boost energy ratings through free insulation

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ASHFIELD District Council has secured funding and is working in partnership with selected contractors to help improve household energy- ratings across the district.

The project ‘Insulate Ashfield’ is a chance for home owners and private renting tenants living in Ashfield to apply for FREE* loft and cavity wall insulation.

The council urges all residents in Ashfield to take advantage of the 100% grant to upgrade their home before the end of November 2012, when grant-funding ends.

A 100% grant will cover the cost of standard cavity-wall insulation.

It will also cover standard full loft insulation where the existing depth of insulation is less than 60mm (2.5 inches).

Where there is more than 60mm to 150mm a partial grant is still available and the home owner or tenant will only have to contribute £99*.

Insulating cavity walls and topping up the loft can save over £300 per year on household heating bills.

For the vulnerable and elderly in particular this FREE* offer can significantly help to keep the home warmer for longer, and save money at the same time.

Home insulation also helps to keep the house cooler in summer, reduce condensation and it helps to protect the environment.

Coun Steve Carroll (Lab), portfolio holder for regeneration, culture and housing, said: “Installing home insulation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and in most cases can take less than a day to complete.

“The council hopes to alleviate fuel poverty and support the community during a period of economic downturn, and by securing grant funding it will allow all homes in the district to benefit.”

With rising energy costs home insulation will save residents in Ashfield money year on year, and will help to benefit the whole community.

All private homes will be eligible regardless of income or benefits, and so all interested households are advised to apply for a free, no obligation home-assessment.

To take advantage of this FREE* offer and book your free home survey, please go online to the council’s project webpage: www.insulateashfield.co.uk, text ‘2enquire’ to 88802 or call 01623 594118.

For authenticity of this project please visit the council website at www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk/freeinsulation.