Free insulation for residents

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FREE home insulation is being offered to residents in the Harrogate district.

The Wrapping up Yorkshire scheme, launched to tackle fuel poverty and keep the cold at bay during the cooler months will 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 Harrogate Council area, including landlords.

It is the first of its kind and is being funded by national energy providers and the council, with support from the Yorkshire Energy Partnership

Coun Jean Butterfield, cabinet member for housing, said she hoped it would will greatly reduce fuel bills and improve the health of those most susceptible to illnesses as a result of cold homes.

“Insulation is the best way to keep your home warmer in winter,” she added.

“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.”

She urged people who were interested to get in touch with the Yorkshire Energy Partnership 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 energy bills.