Island insulation programme completes 2000th install

Wednesday 14th December 2011

Lyn Forster of Wootton Bridge became the 2000th resident to have her home insulated under the Island Insulation Scheme, run by the Isle of Wight Council, since its launch in October 2009. Mrs Forster had both cavity wall and loft insulation installed, which could save her up to £255* on her annual heating bills.

Working in partnership with thermal imaging company, HeatSeekers, national insulation installer, Mark Group and utility provider E.ON, the Island Insulation Scheme allows home owners access to low cost loft and cavity wall insulation, as a simple way to reduce energy use and help the environment.

Since the scheme was launched it has generated an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 1,672 tonnes, equating to 41,800 tonnes over 25 years – a figure which is helping to reduce the Island’s carbon footprint. The financial savings are high too; it is calculated that over 25 years, households insulated through the scheme so far could together save nearly £8 million in avoided fuel costs.

As the scheme’s 2000th customer, Mrs Forster was presented with Argos vouchers to the value of £200, supplied by E.ON. She said: “When I first enquired about the Island Insulation scheme I had no idea I would be their 2000th customer.”

“I’d been thinking about getting insulation for some time and decided to go for it after meeting staff from the Mark Group at an information stand while out shopping. It was really easy to arrange, a survey was carried out so I knew my home was suitable for cavity wall and loft insulation. With the cold weather just setting in, it looks like I’m getting it done just in time!”

Councillor George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for the economy and the environment said: “As well as the financial benefits to residents, the Island Insulation scheme plays a huge part in reducing the Island’s carbon footprint which supports the eco island vision. It has also helped to create jobs on the Island in what are difficult economic times.”

Lee Parrotte, Mark Group Isle of Wight Service Delivery Manager, added: “We have been working with E.ON for around 18 months now and the 2,000 customers who have benefitted from the scheme so far, are in good company with the 250,000 homes we insulate every year. Having the recommended levels of home insulation installed will make a big difference to not only the comfort of Mrs Forster’s home this winter, but also to her heating bills. We look forward to helping even more homeowners improve their energy efficiency next year.”

Insulation is FREE to all priority group households which are those where a permanent resident of the household is aged 70 or in receipt of a qualifying benefits. For everyone else prices start from just £99 – including survey, materials and labour.

For information about the scheme and to arrange a no obligation survey, residents can call 0800 111 4968 or visit www.iwight.com/islandinsulation.