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Cost of work is deterrent over energy savings
5:09pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE majority of people in Southampton would like to improve the energy efficiency of their homes but are deterred by the cost or their own lack of expertise, latest statistics show.
And that’s despite a council-initiated home efficiency scheme which claims householders could be saving up to £800 a year on their energy bills through these measures.
The recently launched Solent Green Deal aims to get homeowners in the south to make improvements to their homes.
It has conducted a survey that found, of those 75 per cent who said they would be keen to improve, almost a quarter said it was too expensive, 17 per cent said it was too much hassle and 22 per cent said they did not know how to go about doing it or finding someone reputable to carry out work.
As of December last year, only 19 per cent of homes in the city were insulated, according to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Hampshire is said to have some of the least efficient buildings in the country.
Solent Green Deal— developed for Hampshire residents by local authorities – comprises Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Winchester City Council and is supported by PUSH – the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire.
It said savings from external or internal wall insulation alone amount to £500 a year.
Installing loft insulation could save up to a further £175 a year and by replacing a boiler which is more than 15 years old, residents could save up to £300 a year from energy bills.
Additions such as double glazing or biomass boilers can also help to increase the value of your property, it said.
Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said the scheme helped people to make energy improvements to their homes in an affordable way using council-approved contractors.
It also offers loans to allow residents to have the improvements and then pay the loan off through their energy bills.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change reports that around seven million homes in the UK have solid walls that need insulating, with only two per cent currently insulated.
Cllr Warwick Payne, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet member for housing and sustainability, said as heating costs rise, improving energy efficiency could prove a sound investment and “could be a chance to save the planet, and save cash”.
To find out more call 0800 052 2242 or log on to solentgreendeal.org.uk where you can calculate improvements and savings you could make.
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