Tuesday, 10 April 2012

"Countdown" to take part in energy efficient research project this week

Wiltshire homeowners are being encouraged to help develop a service to make turning homes more energy efficient easier and more affordable.

Wiltshire Council and Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) are developing an impartial one stop shop green refurbishment service called Countdown to Low Carbon Homes.

The service aims to take the uncertainty and hassle out of making a home more energy efficient by providing advice and help at every stage of the process.

The service will provide an initial energy survey; an action plan for the work; a list of locally accredited installers; guidance on the financial options available and ongoing support after the work is complete to ensure the work delivers the anticipated savings.

Wiltshire Council and SWEA now want to work with households across the county to develop the service.

They are looking for people who are thinking about making their home more energy efficient over the next 18 months, or have recently made improvements to their home and would like support to fully benefit from the savings.

Listed buildings are eligible and people on lower incomes are encouraged to apply as finance packages can be developed to suit different needs.

There is no charge for participating in the research project and those involved will receive a free home energy survey, an energy meter and regular one-to-one support. Energy efficiency measures installed as a result of the survey will need to be funded directly by the homeowner or by accessing other available grants and funding.

Cabinet member for the environment, Toby Sturgis said: "We welcome this research project and really encourage people to take part.

"Making energy efficiency improvements to your home is a big commitment. This research will play a crucial part in developing a service that will make turning your home more energy efficient attractive and accessible to the whole community."

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 13.

For more information, or to express an interest, call Audrey Healy, at Severn Wye Energy Agency on 01452 835065 or email Audrey@swea.co.uk.