Energy efficiency roadshows coming to Haverhill

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Two roadshows that provide details on how to save thousands of pounds on home insulation and energy saving are to take place in Haverhill.

The Home Improvement Fund may be closed to new applications but if you are a Suffolk resident you can still get up to £6,000 of funding, particularly for solid wall insulation.

The Government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which offered grants to make homes more energy-efficient, closed last month after the £120m allocated for it ran out in six week due to a surge of applications.

Suffolk residents can still get funding for home improvements, thanks to a successful bid to central Government of £5.7 million for the Suffolk Energy Action scheme.

This scheme will provide funding and advice for the installation of energy efficiency improvements to help all Suffolk homeowners and private renting tenants save money.

The primary focus will be on homes that could benefit from solid wall insulation as 45 per cent of heat in a home will be escaping through the walls if they are not insulated.

Over the next few months, local councils, community groups and partners such as Rural Coffee Caravan are holding roadshows to help raise awareness about the scheme.

Officers will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about making their homes more energy efficient when the roadshow comes to Haverhill Market Place on September 26, from 8.30am to 3pm and on October 24, from 9am to 4pm.

The Suffolk Energy Action team will spend a week in different areas on a rolling programme which started on July 14 and runs until November 17.

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, cabinet member for localities and environment said: “Suffolk Energy Action is part of our ambition to create the Greenest County and support the growth of a green economy in Suffolk.

“Insulating your home could save you hundreds of pounds each year in reduced energy bills, and as summer is nearly over, now is the time to start planning ahead!”

By joining the scheme, Suffolk residents can get a heavily discounted assessment at £29 which will identify potential improvements.

They will then receive options and advice for funding, which could be up to £6000 towards the cost of the installation.

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