Free home insulation offer extended until March

Saturday, 20th December 2014

A scheme which offers Tamworth residents the chance to get their lofts and cavity walls insulated completely free of charge has been extended until the end of March.

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting your property from a private landlord, if you live in the Tamworth Borough Council area, then you are eligible for free loft and cavity wall insulation.

The offer is open to owner-occupiers and private rented tenants, regardless of age or income. The only stipulation is that you have to have a free no obligation property survey carried out. Unfortunately, the offer is not available to tenants of Tamworth Borough Council properties.

The free insulation measures – which can help residents stay warmer at home in the winter and cooler in the summer, while keeping fuel bills down – are being made available through Tamworth Borough Council’s Home Energy Advice Tamworth (HEAT) scheme.

HEAT has teamed up with experienced installer Insuheat Ltd to deliver the free loft and cavity wall insulation, which is funded through the Government-backed Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Anyone living in Tamworth who would like free loft and cavity wall insulation should call HEAT on 0800 043 2815 or text 07922 651982 for a call-back. Work must be booked with the insulation contractor by March 31 2015, although the work can be carried out after this date.

The offer is open to owner-occupiers and private tenants, in properties which do not already have existing insulation. There is no need to be in receipt of benefits.

HEAT can also offer help and advice on all aspects of energy efficiency and other grant funding which may be available to help with heating costs.

A similar scheme launched in June 2011 saw hundreds of householders across the borough get their homes insulated for free.

Loft insulation could save a household £150 a year on fuel bills, and the installation of cavity wall insulation could save £145.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for Housing & Waste Management, said: “This is a great offer which will benefit thousands of households in Tamworth. Installing energy efficiency measures is an effective way of reducing heating bills, as well as being good for the environment.

“I would encourage all residents – whether they own their own homes or rent them from private landlords – to take advantage of this offer and have insulation fitted before the scheme comes to an end. Fuel bills will be reduced and you’ll be doing your bit to help reduce carbon emissions as well, which is good for the environment.”