Free DIY loft insulation for Bristol householders

1,000 homes across the city to benefit, with delivery thrown in

Project duration: September 2011 to March 2012

02 March 2012 | This scheme is now closed

Insulating a loft from scratch, or even just topping up to the recommended depth of 270mm involves quite a lot of insulation - typically 25-35 rolls, in fact, and at least half a dozen trips to the DIY story for an average estate car.

This is why a new initiative from Bristol City Council and managed by CSE, is not only offering 1,000 households across the city the chance of free loft insulation (worth hundreds of pounds), but will deliver it to their home as well.

Bristol householders can ring free to claim the free Rockwool loft insulation – which can have a huge effect on keeping homes warm and reducing fuel bills. The scheme is open to everyone in Bristol who owns or rents a domestic property where they want to insulate the loft and have not previously had funding to do so (commercial properties are excluded). Deliveries will be made by builders suppliers Wolseley.

Dave Cowley from Bristol City Council, said: “While people can easily go out and buy loft insulation, they face the problem of getting the stuff home – this promotion should solve that. If customers phone the free phone number with an idea of the existing depth of insulation in their property and the size of their loft they will be able to put in an order to get it delivered to their home for free”

The new initiative is funded by npower and by Bristol City Council through the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) which is an obligation on energy suppliers to help us make carbon savings in our home.

But CERT is due to come to an end in 2012 which is why project manager Phillip Morris urges people to take this offer seriously.

Get it while you can

"We think this is among the most generous DIY insulation schemes anywhere in country, and saving a trip to the DIY store is an added bonus. But after 2012 insulation materials will no longer be heavily subsidised, and what's now free will cost hundreds of pounds in less than 12 months. It's time to get on the phone and place an order."

However if you don’t fancy installing the loft insulation yourself, or perhaps aren’t able to, then help is available through the Bristol Energy Efficiency Scheme (BEES) where you can get it installed for free if you’re over 60 – or if you’re not, you can get it done for as little as £179.

With energy bills currently on the increase – all six major energy companies have recently increased their prices – having both loft and cavity wall insulation is the sensible option, and could save customers £255 on their bills on average, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

23 September 2011 | The DIY loft insulation scheme was launched on 13 September, and after a quiet start demand surged suddenly about a week later. Some of this was due to coverage on the BBC but more, we believe, from word of mouth. Our energy advisors staffing the 0800 number reported a huge increase in call volumes, and this website attracted a record number of visitors on 22 September.


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