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Press Release

Wednesday 20th July 2011

'Insulate Hampshire' coming soon to Fareham

'Insulate Hampshire' is the new area based insulation scheme aiming to save residents money on their energy bills and keep homes warm and comfortable.

The scheme, backed by all councils in the County of Hampshire, will be launched on Tuesday 26 July when 'Insulate Hampshire' energy advisors will begin to contact residents. The scheme is open to everyone and will help protect people against the cold, cut household fuel bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as create new jobs in Hampshire's local economy.

With loft insulation at �99 and cavity wall insulation at �75* for the first 5,000 suitable homes to sign up to the scheme and �99 thereafter, the scheme is expected to improve 20,000 Hampshire homes, enabling Hampshire residents to cut their household bills by �300 a year, saving 1.5 tonnes of CO2. Some people in certain circumstances will also benefit from completely free home insulation, including the over 70's.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Se�n Woodward, said: "I strongly commend the 'Insulate Hampshire' scheme to homeowners in Fareham, as it provides our residents with an excellent opportunity to have their homes insulated at a fraction of the normal price and will help residents save money on their fuel bills."

"It has come to our attention that other insulation contractors are targeting Hampshire residents claiming to be part of the 'Insulate Hampshire' scheme which is untrue. Any household visits before 26 July will definitely not be from 'Insulate Hampshire' and genuine energy advisors from 'Insulate Hampshire' will all have suitable ID and branded 'Insulate Hampshire' uniforms."

Residents are advised to always ask to see ID from any caller at the door and to contact Hampshire County Council on 01962 833666 or the police on their non emergency number 0845 045 45 45 to verify the person's identity.

To find out more and to register an interest, call free on 0800 952 0037 or visit www.insulatehampshire.co.uk

ENDS

Notes for editors

Fuel poverty affects more than five million households nationally and just under half a million in the south east region alone. The definition of fuel poverty is when a household needs to spend more than 10% of their household income on all domestic fuel use including appliances to heat their home to an adequate level of warmth. Adequate warmth is generally defined to be 21�C in the main living room and 18�C in other occupied rooms during daytime hours, with lower temperatures at night, following the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) is currently Government's main policy instrument for reducing carbon emissions from existing housing stock. CERT obligates the six main Energy Utilities to fund energy efficiency measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Insulation measures of this type normally cost approximately �150-�500. The offer is subject to secured CERT funding and a property survey.

The Hampshire Area Based Insulation (ABI) partnership delivering 'Insulate Hampshire' is made up of the Hampshire local authorities in the Hampshire Senate plus Eastleigh Borough Council and Fareham Borough Council. Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council have chosen not to be part of Insulate Hampshire at this time.

For more information about 'Insulate Hampshire' call Marketing Executive Ellie Lyon on 01484 352010 or email Ellie.Lyon@yorkshireenergyservices.co.uk

For Further Information Contact:
Sue Mills, PR and Marketing Manager, tel: 01329 824518
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
 



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