Free cavity wall and loft insulation

27 February 2012

Harrogate Borough Council has teamed up with the Yorkshire Energy Partnership to offer free home insulation to residents in the Harrogate district.

The ‘Wrapping up Yorkshire’ scheme, launched today in a new move to tackle fuel poverty and keep the cold at bay during the cooler months will also help residents save up to £310* on their fuel bills.

Subject to a free, no obligation home survey, householders can get free loft and cavity wall insulation in their homes, on a first-come first-served basis. The scheme is open to all private home owners in the Harrogate Borough Council area, including landlords.

The scheme is the first of its kind, and is being funded by national energy providers and Harrogate Borough Council.

Lofts with less than 200mm insulation will be insulated to the recommended level of 270mm. Those with 200mm or above are deemed sufficient. Availablity is limited, so it is recommended to apply early.

The property can be owner occupied or rented.

Councillor Jean Butterfield, Cabinet Member for Harrogate Borough Council hopes it will greatly reduce fuel bills and improve the health of those most susceptible to illnesses as a result of cold homes.

Councillor Butterfield added: 

Insulation is the best way to keep your home warmer in winter. It should also mean that you’ll be able to turn your heating down and save money on your bills.

This is the first scheme of its kind that we’ve offered to all residents in the Harrogate district and we’re not bound by criteria regarding age group or income benefits. Quite simply, the offer is open to all homeowners and landlords, so we’re expecting a lot of interest.

We’re urging people who are interested to get in touch with Yorkshire Energy Partnership as soon as possible by calling 01904 55 44 06 and quoting ‘Wrapping up Yorkshire’.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a house can lose up to 60 per cent of its heating through its walls and roof – and insulation can help householders save up to £310* per year on their energy bills.

For more information or to claim your FREE insulation, call Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 55 44 06 quoting ‘Wrapping up Yorkshire.



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