Calderdale householders urged to cash in on free insulation

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Calderdale householders wanting free cavity wall and loft insulation are being urged to contact the council’s energy action team on 0845 245 6000.

More than 40,000 properties have already benefited from lower energy bills and warmer homes as a result of the work carried out in association with Dyson Energy Services, of Brighouse.

Councillor Barry Collins, who has responsibility for economy and environmental services, said: “It is good to see the council working with a local company to help keep down people’s fuel bills.”

Typical savings can be up to £255 a year.

The current subsidy from the energy companies that is funding this free offer will finish in just four months or earlier depending on demand.

Although it is being offered free of charge, every householder pays for the work through their energy bills.

Almost £90 a year from every householder’s bill is used by the energy companies to fund carbon saving schemes like this and according to National Energy Action this could increase to £130 next year.

Energy companies are also predicting price rises already for next winter’s gas bills.

Anyone who owns or privately rents their own home can qualify for this work, regardless of their household income or age. It does not matter if the household claims benefits or not.

The council will be letting people know about the work through leaflet drops, direct mail and household visits from qualified surveyors from Dyson Energy Services who will have identification with them.

All work is subject to a free, no obligation suitability check which just takes up to a maximum of 45 minutes. Houses built from brick or artificial stone which were built from the 1930s onwards tend to be most suitable for cavity wall insulation.

Semi-detached homes with stone frontages might still have a suitable gable wall and rear elevation that can be insulated with fibre.

Properties of any age with a loft space could benefit from loft insulation. To qualify for a free top up, any existing insulation has to be less than 150mm (6 inches) deep. This can be topped up to 270mm (11 inches). A survey needs to be done first.