WE might be feeling the heat right now but come the cooler months fuel poverty will likely bite all the same, so residents in Calderdale are being offered insulation for their homes.
Calderdale Council and Better Homes Yorkshire (BHY) are offering 500 households fully funded insulation for attic bedrooms and lofts after securing £1 million in funding. The scheme is intended to help low-income homeowners and people living in the private rented sector.
The work is a joint effort by the council, through its affordable warmth programme, and the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Tackling Fuel Poverty Local Growth Fund investment programme.
“Although the recent warm weather has probably pushed thoughts of insulation to the back of people’s minds, a properly insulated attic can also make properties cooler in hot weather as well as warmer during winter,” said Councillor Daniel Sutherland, the council’s cabinet member for planning, housing and environment.
“There are hundreds of properties in Calderdale that could benefit from this fully funded scheme which will make their homes healthier, warmer and cheaper to heat, as well as better for the environment.”
Councillor Peter Box, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s (WYCA) investment committee, added: “Investing in schemes such as this, which will provide 500 families with a warmer home, is another positive example of how councils and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are its district partners are delivering inclusive growth to local communities.”
Typically, the homes that will be treated are stone-built, terraced properties. If a property has a standard loft, this can be insulated with standard insulation up to 300mm deep where any existing insulation is less than 100mm deep, the council says.
When householders apply to the Better Homes scheme, which is being managed by Engie, a surveyor from local firm Eclipse Renewable Energy will visit to assess their eligibility and carry out a no obligation survey to check whether the attic room or loft is suitable for the work.
Stephen Batty, head of sustainability at Engie (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration), which is the managing contractor for the BHY scheme said: “Through the Better Homes Yorkshire framework, we have been given the opportunity to carry out improvement work to the homes of those who need it most. We hope this will have a real positive impact on the lives of residents by helping them to heat their homes for less as well as reducing CO2 emissions.”