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Free home insulation for all city residents

27/02/12

Free loft and free cavity wall insulation is being offered to all Aberdeen residents.

Every householder in the city, can apply for the free insulation, which could save them up to 250 a year on energy bills.

The scheme is open for applications until March 31, or until funds run out, with funding allocated on a first come first serve basis. To qualify you must be a householder in the Aberdeen City Council area and your house or flat has either less than 200mm (approx 8") of existing insulation in the loft or be of unfilled cavity wall construction.

Most houses and top floor flats will have accessible loft spaces. Unless your home is less than around 10 years old, it is likely to benefit from increased insulation through this scheme. Loft insulation is usually laid above the top floor ceilings, with any tanks and pipes in the loft area insulated at the same time. The insulation work is carried out within the loft and will only take around an hour to complete.

Homes built after 1930 are most likely to have external walls made of two brick or block layers with a gap or cavity between them. Cavity wall insulation fills that gap, keeping the warmth in to save energy. It can also help reduce condensation inside the house. Cavity wall insulation work takes only a couple of hours to complete and is done from outdoors.

The scheme is being lead by Aberdeen City Council, with the Scottish Government and Scottish Power as funding partners, with administrative support from the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre – North East, and works carried out by insulation contractors SIG Energy.

SIG Energy is the only firm appointed to carry out work through this scheme and will not cold call city residents unless the council has written to the residents in advance. Their staff all carry identification and householders should ask to see it before allowing anyone to carry out work on their properties.

Tenants will have to get consent from landlords to have the work carried out. This permission has already been granted to council tenants.

To register for scheme or to find out more, call the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre – North East on freephone 0800 512012, text "wall" to 60777, or email the Home Energy team at Aberdeen City Council homeenergy@aberdeencity.gov.uk giving your name, address and contact telephone number.

Homeowners and landlords entering into an agreement for works to be carried out will be doing so with SIG Energy Services and should ensure they are satisfied with arrangements prior to signing up.