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Wall insulation offered to Erewash residents

Residents of an area in Derbyshire will be able to receive cavity wall insulation at a highly-subsidised price.

Thermal insulation in the loft space will also be provided to private households under the project, which has been initiated by Erewash Borough Council.

The Warmstreets Insulation Scheme offers lagging in attics for just £49, with this rising to £99 for upgrades to cavity walls.

People aged over 70 or on qualifying benefits could receive these refurbishments for free.

The local authority noted existing subsidies will conclude in December 2012 and it is unlikely any replacements in the future will provide the same value for money.

It comes at a time of rising fuel prices, so the campaign has the slogan Warm Up Your Home and Cut Your Bills.

"This is a great money saving scheme that gives private householders the opportunity to insulate their homes at a greatly reduced cost," deputy leader of the council and lead member for community engagement councillor Carol Hart asserted.

She explained that a large number of people in the local community are concerned about higher gas and electricity expenditure over the winter, which is a particular worry "in the current economic climate".

Cllr Hart added: "The launch of Warmstreets shows our continued commitment to help people save money," stating it will also reduce the carbon dioxide emissions the borough is responsible for, which helps the environment.

Cavity wall insulation can lower fuel bills by £110 annually, with thermal insulation in the loft reducing these outgoings by £145 every 12 months, figures supplied to the local authority by the Energy Saving Trust reveal.

This indicates this form of sustainable upgrade can quickly recoup the initial cost of investment.

Surveyors with identity badges are to begin visiting properties in the area over the next few days and can offer people a free survey instantly, with no obligations.

Warmstreets has also been recently launched by Derby City Council, with cabinet member for planning and environment councillor Matthew Holmes pointing out that fitting heating insulation to a hot water tank can also potentially save households cash.

Posted by Helen Hughes