Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cambridge Home Insulation Scheme Hailed A Success

A home insulation scheme which has been running in Cambridge closed at the end of September with hundreds of Cambridge households expecting to benefit from warmer homes and reduced fuels bills this winter.

Since the launch in April 2012, the scheme has provided free loft and cavity wall insulation to Cambridge home owners, landlords and tenants. The scheme was introduced to maximise the take up of an existing Government grant scheme that provided subsidised insulation and closed earlier this year.

The Cambridge Home Insulation Scheme has helped over 560 Cambridge residents install in excess of 700 measures at no cost to the resident.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Councillor for Housing, Catherine Smart said, "The Cambridge Home Insulation Scheme has provided an excellent opportunity for people living in Cambridge to improve the energy efficiency of their homes".

"Through installing these measures householders will not only see a reduction in their fuel costs, but will also benefit from a warmer home as well as contributing to a positive impact on the environment."

Mrs Bishop of Cambridge also added "I am really pleased with the insulation work carried out to my loft. The installers worked quickly and made no mess. I can already feel the benefit of having the insulation fitted".

The Government has since replaced grant assisted insulation with a new scheme called the Green Deal. This new scheme will provide an accredited route to whole house assessments, installation companies and the opportunity to benefit from a range of financial opportunities. The Cambridgeshire Councils are working in partnership to launch a Cambridgeshire version of the scheme, called ‘Action on Energy’, that will be launched in November 2013.