'Insulate Hampshire', developed by the Hampshire Senate, was launched over the summer to offer cavity wall and loft insulation to help protect people against the cold, cut fuel bills, reduce CO2 emissions and create new jobs in Hampshire's local economy. Over 340 homes across Hampshire have already taken up the offer and a further 960 households are already progressing through the scheme.
Weather forecasters are meanwhile predicting chillier temperatures moving in across Hampshire from this week, which means more households will be looking to stay protected from the cold. However, thousands of Hampshire homes still do not have cavity wall or basic loft insulation measures in place, and around 65,000 Hampshire homes that are occupied by older people over the age of 70, are not insulated.
Through 'Insulate Hampshire', residents can benefit from reduced-price insulation with certain qualifying groups getting the chance to have insulation measures installed free of charge.
With the proper insulation, 'Insulate Hampshire' aims to save Hampshire households an additional £3million each year from their energy bills and cut their annual carbon emissions by 18,000 tonnes of CO2.
Chairman of the Hampshire Senate, Councillor Ken Thornber said: "Fuel poverty leads to around 30,000 winter deaths nationally, the highest in Europe and costs the NHS £1billion every year, so tackling this issue is a Senate priority. We have had a number of particularly severe winters recently in Hampshire and forecasts predict more to come. The Government clearly recognises the need for people's energy bills to be kept down, and thanks to 'Insulate Hampshire', not only can households across the county take positive action to reduce their bills, but the insulation measures will help to improve people's health and wellbeing."
For more information about Insulate Hampshire or to sign up for a free technical survey, call 0800 952 0037 before September 2012.