Insulation grants given to keep homes warm

The value of insulation as a measure for reducing domestic energy bills has been highlighted by a campaign to help people keep warm in their homes this winter.

Grants are to be given to Devon residents to install insulation in their homes, with the Devon Warm Zones initiative aimed particularly at areas where people are more likely to need help.

Each of the ten participating councils will designate certain areas which need more resources as Warm Zones.

While the homes in these areas will receive more attention, the assistance will be available to anybody who wants it.

Housing and health cabinet member for the North Devon Council told Devon24: "If you know anyone who you think would benefit from this project please urge them get in touch, particularly those who are vulnerable to the cold such as older people, young families or those on low incomes."

According to the Energy Saving Trust, installing loft insulation 270 millimetres thick could save a household £205 a year.

The organisation claims that if everyone installed the recommended loft insulation over £700 million would be saved on energy bills every year.

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