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Thousands of pounds raised for good causes as deadline looms for insulation scheme

11 September 2012

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THE DEADLINE is looming for residents to get their cavity walls and lofts insulated for free, and for local organisations to benefit financially, as part of Suffolk’s ‘Warm as Toast’campaign.

Suffolk residents have until 30 September to get their homes winter-proofed free of charge.

For every home insulated, local schools and charities will get £15 as part of the Greener Homes community cash-back scheme that is being offered by the County, District and Borough Council's of Suffolk.

Over £3,000 has been raised through the scheme, directly benefiting the 87 charities and 110 schools that registered.

East Anglian Children Hospice (EACH) have benefited directly from the scheme. Camilla Haycock, EACH’s Partnerships Manager for Suffolk, said: “This really is a win-win situation for EACH and all the local charities and organisations who are set to benefit from this fantastic scheme.

“Residents get their homes insulated for free and we receive a donation which will help EACH to provide the support for families and care for children with life-threatening conditions in our region.”

Launched at this year’s Suffolk Show, local authorities have been working in partnership with accredited local companies to provide free insulation to all residents in Suffolk in preparation for the winter months.

Although subject to survey, access and existing levels of insulation, this insulation offer is not dependant on income levels or age. All residents have to do to is phone 0845 603 7686 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0845 603 7686 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.greensuffolk.org/toast to apply for this offer.

One in five Suffolk households is in fuel poverty yet over a quarter of homes in Suffolk do not have cavity wall or adequate loft insulation.

Insulating a property is the single most effective way of reducing the impact of rising fuel prices. According to figures from the Energy Saving Trust, cavity wall insulation can typically reduce fuel bills by £135 per year, whilst loft insulation typically can reduce bills by £175.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and property management, said: “With the colder months fast approaching, we would like to urge Suffolk residents to think ahead and get their homes properly insulated in time for the cold winter nights.

“It is so important to register in time, and to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. This is also a great way to save money, support your chosen school or charity and help make Suffolk the greenest county.”