Delivery of a Hampshire-wide scheme to offer cavity wall and loft insulation to thousands of Hampshire homes is about to begin.
'Insulate Hampshire' is open to everyone and will help protect people against the cold, cut household fuel bills and reduce CO2 as well as create new jobs in Hampshire's local economy.
Following a tendering exercise to secure the best value for money for Hampshire residents, an organisation has now been selected to deliver the 'Insulate Hampshire' scheme . This will offer residents the opportunity to benefit from reduced-price insulation with certain qualifying groups getting the chance to have insulation measures installed free of charge.
"We have looked at a number of providers to see which can deliver Hampshire residents with an efficient scheme offering the best deal and at the best price, to ensure the most effective use of funds", said Chairman of the Hampshire Senate, Councillor Ken Thornber. He added: "After careful evaluation, Yorkshire Energy Services in consortium with ScottishPower have been selected to deliver the scheme. These are particularly well-respected providers that share our aspirations for the project, and we now look forward to them rolling out 'Insulate Hampshire' to residents across the county as soon as possible."
Thousands of Hampshire homes 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.
With the proper insulation however, 'Insulate Hampshire' aims to save Hampshire households an additional £3.5million each year from their energy bills and cut their annual carbon emissions by 20,000 tonnes of CO2. The scheme will also generate around 180 new jobs, contributing around £11million to Hampshire's local economy.
The costs of the scheme will primarily be met through funding from the Government's Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) legislation. The remainder will be funded by members of the Hampshire Senate, including Hampshire County Council and District/Borough Council partners.
Councillor 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 combined with the increase in the cost of energy and fuel, working collaboratively and with our new external providers, Senate partners can help to make a real difference with this scheme, not only to people's health and wellbeing but also by keeping household bills down and helping to make every penny count."