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Press Release

Monday 22nd August 2011

'Insulate Hampshire' will help save residents money

Fareham residents can now benefit from cavity wall insulation and loft insulation at a fraction of the price, thanks to 'Insulate Hampshire'. The scheme is open to all homeowners, offering loft insulation at £99 and cavity wall insulation from £75 for the first 5,000 suitable homes to sign up to the scheme and £99 thereafter.

The scheme, which is available to homeowners across the county, is expected to improve 20,000 Hampshire homes, enabling 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 Seán Woodward, said: "Insulate Hampshire is an excellent low cost scheme which offers homeowners in the Borough insulation 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 'door knocking' residents claiming to be part of the 'Insulate Hampshire' scheme which is untrue. Insulate Hampshire' advisors will not cold call in Fareham and will visit by appointment only."

Fareham residents who want to find out more about the Insulate Hampshire scheme or to book an assessment with an Insulate Hampshire Energy Advisor (by appointment only) should contact the FREEPHONE number 0800 952 0037 or visit: www.insulatehampshire.co.uk 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.

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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 21C in the main living room and 18C 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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