Homeowners in Macclesfield and Wilmslow are being urged to take up a government initiative to improve the insulation of their homes before it’s too late, in a spin-off from the Green Deal initiative launched last year.
What should have been a flagship energy saving project that created lots of jobs is looking anything but successful, which is not good news the year before an election.
To drum up the numbers quickly the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have pumped £120 Million into a new initiative called the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which will see up to £7500 Cash Back up for grabs on a first come first served basis.
“Macclesfield and Wilmslow are well placed to benefit as we have so many solid wall properties” said Eliot Warrington of local eco-retrofit specialists Solarcrest who were the technical partner on Macclesfield’s Green Deal Pioneer Project, Go-Lo.
“Despite the enormous benefits of solid wall insulation, taking out a Green Deal loan to pay for the work has put people off, but now you don’t need the loan to qualify for the cash back. You just need to show the work has been done properly.”
A correctly insulated home could see energy bills dropping by over 50%, with some properties now showing reductions in gas usage of approaching 70%, as well as making the house more comfortable and eliminating issues such as damp and mould which can also cause ill health.
“We’ve seen some amazing results by fitting the best products and by tackling the whole house rather than individual measures” added Eliot. “With a thermal camera you can really appreciate just how much energy is being wasted by people who are paying to heat the street.”
“If your heating bill is enormous or your home felt cold last winter, don’t wait for next winter to think about fixing it. A better funding offer is unlikely to come along anytime soon and it would be a real shame to see Macclesfield and Wilmslow missing out.”