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Enthusiastic response to cutting energy bills

Given the chance to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions Wealden residents have responded enthusiastically.

According to the Wealden District Council, residents have responded to offers of grants for loft and cavity wall insulation in unprecedented numbers.

Its Energy Efficiency Hotline has taken almost 1,000 calls from residents looking to save on their energy bills and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

"The new Home Energy Efficiency Grants, offering free cavity wall and loft insulation for many householders aged between 60 and 70, has really made a difference," said Councillor Dick Angel, Cabinet member for affordable housing.

"In just eight weeks the number of enquiries received by our Home Energy Efficiency hotline has been double that received for the whole of last year."

Both loft and cavity wall insulation help by slowing heat loss, meaning less energy and money is used to heat a home.

According to the Energy Saving Trust loft insulation should be laid 270 millimetres deep.

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