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Calderdale residents to benefit from thermal insulation funding

Homeowners in Calderdale are due to receive help from a new pilot energy-saving scheme offering thermal insulation.

A cash injection of more than £330,000 has been awarded to Calderdale Council from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to cut down on rising fuel bills by improving the efficiency of homes in the area, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports.

Some 80 properties from the most deprived parts of the borough will have work - worth up to £6,500 - carried out on their houses.

Of those, 40 residences made of older stone could benefit from measures such as narrow cavity insulation, solid wall insulation, attic room insulation, renewables and boiler upgrades.

The remaining non-traditional system-built properties with steel frames or concrete panel walls will be fitted with heating upgrades and loft insulation.

Janet Battye, the council's deputy leader and representative for Calderdale on the Leeds City Region Green Economy Panel, stated the local authority is working hard to ensure the area's most vulnerable householders stay warm and that renewable energy sources are used more.

"The pilot project will help improve our existing experience in providing insulation solutions for the area's older stone properties which aren’t suitable for traditional insulation," she was quoted as saying.

Calderdale's economy and environment scrutiny panel plans to review fuel poverty in the borough and will make recommendations to the council and its partner agencies - including private rented housing providers and developers - on energy-efficient changes before February 2013.

Barry Collins, councillor and cabinet member for the panel, claimed the scheme will help to "make homes warmer and cheaper to heat", while "cutting carbon emissions and helping to protect residents against long-term energy price rises".

Customers of three major electricity suppliers are likely to feel the strain of recent electricity price hikes, after British Gas, Scottish Power and SSE revealed increases of six per cent, seven per cent and nine per cent respectively.

Posted by Paul Taylor