Feeling the heat with council grant scheme

HOT STUFF: Mrs Katherine Bellis receives the cheque from Mr Savage, watched by Simon and council sustainability officer Alison Gregory. Photo contributed.
HOT STUFF: Mrs Katherine Bellis receives the cheque from Mr Savage, watched by Simon and council sustainability officer Alison Gregory. Photo contributed.

TWO lucky residents have won free loft insulation as part of a push to help households cut energy bills, keep warm and shrink their carbon footprint.

A Warm Streets scheme run by High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, with Apex Carbon Solutions, is offering a free insulation survey to every privately-owned or rented home in the two areas.

To encourage as many householders as possible to sign up, the partners ran a prize draw during April and May to win the cost of loft or cavity wall insulation.

Now, New Mills resident Simon Bellis and Amanda Bennett, from Leek, have won free loft insulation and have received cheques from Apex Carbon Solutions director Wayne Savage.

Householders saying yes to Warm Streets are visited by a surveyor who establishes where loft and cavity wall insulation might be improved.

All privately-owned or privately-rented domestic properties are entitled to a grant towards the cost of loft insulation from £99 and cavity wall insulation from £149, subject to survey. And some households will be eligible to have the insulation free of charge, for example if they are over-70.

The scheme has been running in High Peak for more than a year, and was extended to Staffordshire Moorlands in the New Year.

More than 600 insulation improvements have already been carried out, saving more than £90,000 for residents and stopping the production of around 888 tonnes of Co2.

Anthony McKeown, executive councillor for community services at High Peak, said: “Warm Streets is a great opportunity for householders looking to improve their energy efficiency and do their bit for the environment without spending a fortune”.

Cllr Arthur Forrester, portfolio holder for the environment at Staffordshire Moorlands, added: “Warm Streets is really good news for households struggling to achieve affordable warmth as the surveyor will also advise them on how to save money by energy switching.”

To arrange a free survey, call surveyor Alex Murphy on 07740 922533 or visit www.highpeak.gov.uk or www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/warmstreets.