Don’t forget how cold the winter was! If you were shivering in an uninsulated house this winter, make sure you do something about it before the summer passes. Without insulation, you were losing up to 25% of your home’s heat through the roof, and another 30% through cavity walls – and paying for the pleasure.
Energycare Scotland have just completed a second round of work on the island as part of Islay Energy Trust’s Carbon Savings project, and this time over 20 homes have benefited from either free or cut-price loft and cavity wall insulation. These boys are keen to work and will be back on Islay during the last week of April, so get in touch now if you’d like to participate. Anyone missed from this latest list due to timing or other issues will be top of the next. Other firms carry out this work too – you may have had a flyer from Argyll & Bute Council with your council tax bill recently offering a council tax rebate if you take up an offer from Scottish Gas; feel free to explore this but it’s worth noting that the ‘rebate’ appears to have been added on to the initial cost, which on this visit by Energycare was around £199. It has also proved difficult to get larger firms to commit to coming to the islands
These discounts for insulation work apply to all households with uninsulated cavity walls and also those with less than 60mm of loft insulation; if you are over 70 or on certain benefits the work may be free. The benefits of full insulation are immediate and will save you money as well as keeping your house warmer – even if you have to pay for cavity wall insulation, it will repay itself in just 2-3 years. If you are having trouble keeping your house warm, insulation is the first thing you should consider – there’s no point paying for heat that is escaping to the outdoors!
Interested? The initial survey is free and carries no obligation to have work carried out. If you’re not sure how much loft insulation you already have and have difficulty in accessing your loft yourself, just get in touch – call Lindy on 01496 301413, or email email@example.com, or call into the IET office in Main Street, Bowmore. Surveys will take place from 23rd-25th April, with installation completed the following week. Act now and you’ll be sure of warmer winters for the future – indoors at least!