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E.ON to provide solid wall insulation in Derby

Solid wall insulation and cavity wall insulation are some of the energy efficiency upgrades to be provided to thousands of Derby homeowners.

E.ON has joined forces with the city council for this scheme, which will see 2,200 properties in the areas of Alvaston, Allenton, Austin, Old Sinfin, Cowsley and Omaston provided with better thermal insulation.

It is being carried out as part of the government's Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and will also involve the use of solar panels and new heating systems.

E.ON will provide £3.4 million and Derby City Council is to cover most of the remaining expenditure, although privately owned households may have to pay for some of their refurbishments.

"This is a great example of councils, communities and companies getting together," E.ON Cesp manager Jon Kirby declared.

He claimed individuals benefiting from this project will be able to cut their gas and electricity bills and lower their carbon footprint, which will "reduce their effect on the planet".

"We're committed to getting homes energy fit", the representative declared.

The local authority is also undertaking further promotions of eco-friendliness, including a Home Energy Library Tour.

Cabinet member for planning and environment councillor Matthew Holmes explained the need to fit heating insulation on hot water tanks, draft proofing measures or other ways to reduce the energy waste of a domicile is "more pressing than ever".

Fuel bills are rising and the winter is drawing in, he pointed out.

Therefore, professionals are providing an advisory, drop-in session at the neighbourhood and central libraries from early October until late November, providing members of the public with advice on how to reduce their power requirements.

A study undertaken by Housing Intelligence for the East Midlands discovered that solid wall insulation would have to be fitted to 162,000 of the region's properties by 2020 in order for the area to achieve its proportional share of the UK's carbon reduction targets.

Furthermore, lagging would be needed in 381,000 lofts, or cavity wall insulation would have to be fitted in 81,000 buildings.

Posted by Paul Taylor