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Free cavity wall and loft insulation for York residents

York city council

1:14pm 22nd November 2011

City of York Council has teamed up with the Yorkshire Energy Partnership to offer free home insulation to York residents.

The ‘Warmer Winter’ scheme, launched today (Tuesday 22nd November 2011) in a new move to tackle fuel poverty and keep the cold at bay during the freezing winter 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 homeowners in the City of York Council area, including landlords.

The £100,000 scheme is the first of its kind, and is being funded by national energy providers and City of York Council.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services, City of York Council hopes it will greatly reduce fuel bills and improve the health of those most susceptible to illnesses over the winter months:

She said:

“Insulating your home is the best way to keep your home warmer in winter and because of the extra heat you’re keeping in your house, you’ll be able to turn your heating down and save money on your bills.

“This is the first scheme we’ve offered to all residents in York 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.

“The deal expires on 31 January 2012, so we’re urging people who are interested to get in touch as soon as possible by calling Yorkshire Energy Partnership on 01904 55 44 06 and quoting ‘Winter Warmer’.”

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 ‘Warmer Winter’.

The scheme will also help achieve the city’s climate change commitments by reducing the amount of energy we consume in our homes and the amount of carbon dioxide we produce in the city. It also coincides with the publication of the city’s first Climate Change Framework and Action Plan, which seeks to drive down carbon emissions from now to 2015. For more details visitwww.york.gov.uk/environment/sustainability/climatechange/2framework/

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