Residents of the Borough of Eastleigh, and more widely across Hampshire (but not Southampton & Portsmouth), have until 30th September to register for a scheme that could see your home insulated for free…
The Insulate Hampshire scheme is a council-backed scheme, funded by Scottish Power, that currently offers free cavity-wall and loft insulation to householders living in any of the 11 District Councils across Hampshire.
Applications can be made online via the Insulate Hampshire website or by telephoning 0800 952 037.
Speaking at the Community & Culture Committee meeting at the Hedge End Town Council Offices this week, Rose Barrington-Groves of Insulate Hampshire explained the scheme and said that;
The scheme is free to everybody, not just those on benefits or low-incomes.
Cavity-wall insulation is subject to survey, which involves drilling a small hole in the outside of your house to check whether cavity wall insulation is already installed and whether the cavities are suitable for insulation, free from debris and dampness.
Cavity wall insulation was only introduced as a standard circa 2004, so properties built prior to this date, even the fairly modern-looking ones, may not be insulated at the moment.
Applications received on or before the 30th September will be eligible for the scheme, with the survey and installation work continuing for a couple of months after that.
Provided application forms are received by 30th September, residents should qualify for the free insulation.
Concern was expressed at the meeting, by Cllr Garton, based on her own experience after registering for the scheme, that householders details might be finding their way more generally into the marketplace and are receiving phone calls and enquires from companies who are not officially part of the scheme.
Rose Barrington-Groves explained;
Insulate Hampshire does take data-protection seriously and customer details should be confidential to Insulate Hampshire and the call-centre in Huddersfield…
There have been some problems locally with rogue traders, with canvassers saying they are from Eastleigh Borough Council or are backed by the Council when they are not. Householders should be on their guard and should always ask for id.
Under the scheme, professionally fitted loft insulation is also free if you currently have less than 60mm installed. Residents who do not qualify for that can optionally register for a “Community DIY” scheme where loft insulation materials are provided free for householders to install (or arrange installation) themselves.