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West Somerset residents offered wall insulation assistance

Residents of West Somerset are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme that should help them to improve the thermal insulation qualities of their house.

A new offer from the Centre for Sustainable Energy's Home Energy scheme has been revealed that is aiming to help residents reduce their gas and electricity bills, AboutMyArea reports.

It is providing loft and cavity wall insulation to homeowners and private rented tenants in the region, subject to a survey.

The lagging is free of charge and some recipients will also be given a high street shopping voucher with a value of £50.

Personnel from the Home Energy Team can come to people's houses and offer them help with improvements to their under floor heating, radiators and boilers, as well as with loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation.

Lagging solid walls is typically a more expensive task than filling wall cavities, but also results in more significant energy savings.

It frequently involves fitting dry lining insulation to the interior of a property or waterproof insulation to its exterior and the Energy Saving Trust notes internal lagging reduces fuel bills by approximately £445 every year, with this figure hitting £475 when external insulation is used.

The Home Energy Team can provide people who live in buildings with solid walls information about the grants and services available that can help them improve their sustainability.

Residents over the age of 50 in West Somerset can receive additional assistance, with people from the Centre for Sustainable Energy's service providing them with extra advice on saving money on fuel bills.

Staff can also visit those who are unable to effectively use their heating controls or night storage heaters.

"This is a fantastic offer, which will improve your home and make it more comfortable, but will also reduce your fuel bills," Home Energy Team representative Mike McClelland was quoted as saying by the publication.

"Having your home insulated can save you hundreds of pounds and there's never been a better time to get this work done," he added.

Anyone who wishes to receive further information about his scheme is invited to call the Home Energy Team at 0800 082 2234 or to send them an email at

Posted by Rachel Jenkins