Merthyr Tydfil County Borough CouncilMid Glamorgan, Wales

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“In two months we achieved 21/2 times more fitted measures than we had in the previous year. This means hundreds of local families will save thousands of pounds on their energy bills whilst helping to reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.”

- James Edwards, Energy Offcer, Merthyr Tydfl County Borough Council

The Challenge

  • To raise local awareness to homeowners of the importance of adequate loft and cavity wall insulation to save money and reduce CO2.
  • To deliver CERT funded insulation measures to priority group households and address issues of fuel poverty.

The Action

In January 2009 HeatSeekers were engaged to undertake Thermal Imaging within Merthyr Tydfl to identify properties that were showing heat loss through their cavities or lofts.

The HeatSeekers vehicle has onboard advanced thermal imaging technology which provides an image of each property, highlighting areas of unnecessary heat loss. It is capable of surveying up to 1,000 properties per hour.

HeatSeekers surveyed around Merthyr Tydfl area between 8pm and midnight as the most accurate images are obtained when it is dark and the heating is on.

Interest and awareness was generated with local media, including ITV News, to raise the profle of the scheme.

The Result

The results of these surveys were then used to engage with households that appeared to be in need of improved insulation. A dedicated team of Energy Advisors visited households around Merthyr Tydfl in February and March 2009. The advisors explained the results and advised how the householder could take action to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint.

Free, no obligation surveys were then carried out to assess property suitability and installations booked in. For the able to pay households, 41 cavity walls and 42 lofts were insulated as result of this scheme.

For priority households (e.g over 70’s and those on certain benefts) who were entitled to free insulation, 120 cavity walls and 322 loft measures were installed.

In total, an exceptional 525 insulation measures were sold and fitted in February and March 2009. This helped address both issues of fuel poverty and CO2 reduction at no cost at all to Merthyr Tydfl County Borough Council.

The Savings so far

Using Energy Saving Trust guideline figures, this could amount to a total of £73,000 worth of savings on the energy bills of the properties; and 389 tonnes of CO2 avoided every year from now onwards.