Thursday, 9 April 2015

Home insulation grant scheme extended

A solid wall insulation scheme, which provides funding to help insulate older homes in the county, has been extended until September 2015.

The scheme, run by Action on Energy Cambridgeshire, a partnership of local councils, was set up in March last year to encourage the uptake of energy saving improvements in older properties.  Over 1000 owner occupied and private rented households have embarked upon the scheme so far.

A spokesperson for the Partnership said: “More and more people are looking to insulate their homes to bring up the level of comfort and bring down the bills.  Cavity wall insulation is not an option if you have an older home with solid walls, but internal or external insulation is a suitable alternative. This scheme makes it easier to get the work done, and brings the cost down to an affordable level.”

Homeowners could receive a grant of up to £6,000 towards the cost of installing solid walled insulation. Landlords could receive grants of up to £8,000 per property for measures including solid wall and cavity wall insulation, new boilers and thermostats.  

Joan Pidgeon from Whittlesford, who has had external wall insulation on her home said: “It was really easy to get the work done and for the first time since we bought the house the bathroom is actually warm in the morning. Amazing!”

Abigail who lives in Ely and is currently having work done on her house, said: “Our house is really cold especially as we are at the end of a terrace. Now I’m at home with our toddler most days, we have seen our energy bills increase, so we’d love to save some money on the heating. We realised properly insulating our home would make the house warmer and more energy efficient and make it look better too. This is why we started looking into what we could do to make things better.”

“I would urge anyone in Cambridgeshire whose home is in need of better insulation to get in touch with their local council. There are grants of up to £6,000 available to improve your home – so why wouldn’t you do it?”

Kim and Charlie Browne from Cambridge, who recently had external solid wall insulation installed on their house, explained what prompted them to have the work done: “The thought of having a warmer house that was also healthier for the environment was at the top of our list. Obviously we are hoping for lower utility bills too. We were confident to go ahead with this scheme as it was a joint council initiative.”

Action on Energy is open to all Cambridgeshire homeowners and landlords.  To apply for this funding, contact Action on Energy to arrange for an assessor to carry out an assessment of your property.  This is being offered at a reduced rate of £29, which is reimbursed if you go ahead with any of the recommended energy saving measures through the scheme.

Access to the scheme is primarily delivered by Climate Energy Ltd but the funds can also be accessed through three other approved Green Deal Providers.

For more information contact Action on Energy on 0800 093 3303 or visit www.actiononenergy.net

The project is led by Cambridge City Council on behalf of a consortium of councils which also includes Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

The scheme is available for residents in Cambridgeshire only. Further details are available at www.actiononenergy.net, or by calling 0800 093 33 03.

Details of other Green Deal Providers registered with the scheme are available at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/green-deal-communities