WITH the news this week that fuel bills are set to rise this winter, Nottinghamshire County Council is reminding residents that there’s still time to get their homes insulated for free, helping to keep costs down.
Until the end of the year, households in many areas of Nottinghamshire can take advantage of free loft and cavity wall insulation for their home – regardless of their income – thanks to Warmstreets, the only insulation scheme endorsed by the Local Authorities Energy Partnership, of which Nottinghamshire County Council is a member.
However, the offer is drawing to a close shortly, with subsidies due to end in December. People are being advised to take advantage while they can and book a survey with Warmstreets before November 30.
The offer includes free loft insulation for any private household (owned or rented) which currently has less than 100mm, as well as free cavity wall insulation.
Households that already have at least 100mm of loft insulation but less than 150mm can pay a heavily subsidised price of just £99 to have it topped up to the recommended level of 270mm.
"Free insulation is only possible due to government subsidies which are due to end in December,” said Coun Richard Butler, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s environment and sustainability committee.
"Residents should take advantage of this offer while they can. Not only can they have loft and cavity wall insulation installed without charge, but they will save money on their energy bills for years to come as their homes will be easier to heat – up to £175 a year if they install loft insulation.
"It will also reduce the impact that heating their homes has on the environment.”
Householders who are interested can call Warmstreets on 0800 043 9569, or if calling from a mobile, 0333 577 9569, to arrange a survey. Alternatively, visit: www.warmstreets.co.uk. Offers are subject to survey and depend on house size.
Information is also available at www.everybodys-talking.org/insulation-offers