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Cornwall Council supports Community Energy Plus insulation scheme

Householders in Cornwall can receive a helping hand to keep warm and save money on their heating bills this winter with the launch of an insulation scheme funded by Cornwall Council.

Dr Tim Jones, Deputy Director of Community Energy Plus (left) and Cornwall Council’s Mark Kaczmarek lend a hand to cavity wall installer Simon Studd.

Community Energy Plus – Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy, is working with Cornwall Council to deliver free and discounted loft and cavity wall insulation to 3,500 privately owned or rented households across Cornwall.Free insulation is being targeted to householders in receipt of certain benefits or over 70, the group at the greatest risk of fuel poverty, so that they can save money and live warmer, healthier lives.  In order to encourage other homeowners and private tenants to save energy and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, a significantly discounted offer for loft and cavity wall insulation at £99 for each type of insulation installed is also offered through the Community Energy Plus insulation scheme. Around a third of all the heat that escapes from an un-insulated home is lost through the walls and a quarter is lost through the roof. A well-insulated house keeps warmth exactly where it is needed – indoors, and by saving energy households will produce less carbon dioxide emissions which are one of the biggest causes of climate change.

Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for housing Mark Kaczmarek said:  “I can personally recommend this as my home has benefitted from having insulation installed and my energy bills actually reduced last winter which we all know was one of the toughest for many years. This is an important initiative and I hope that householders will take up the offer of free or discounted insulation. The scheme will help residents by significantly cutting their fuel bills and improving their quality of life. It will also benefit all of us in the long term by reducing the CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.”

Cornwall has the highest rate of fuel poverty in the South West, with almost one in five households spending more than 10 per cent of their income on heating their homes.  Living in a home that is adequately heated is important for comfort but vital for staying healthy, particularly for older people, children and those living with long term illnesses.

Dr Tim Jones, Deputy Director of Community Energy Plus said: “Fuel Poverty remains a reality experienced by thousands of households in Cornwall but we’re making good progress in reducing the number of families living in fuel poverty.  Our ongoing work with Cornwall Council will continue to make a real difference by helping many more householders in Cornwall to live warmer and healthier lives.”

For further information or to apply for free and discounted insulation through Community Energy Plus click here or call Freephone 0800 954 1956.