06:00 Friday 20 June 2014

Are you missing out on reducing your carbon footprint?

Written byJORDAN DAY

Peter Bates, managing director of The 80percent Hub. Peter Bates, managing director of The 80percent Hub.

A businessman is urging residents to take advantage of new Government energy efficiency grants which are available to them.

The new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund provides a grant of up to £6,000 covering 75 per cent of the cost of either internal or external wall insulation – and for those on mains gas, a grant of £1,000 is available for replacing an old gas boiler. Other improvement measures worth up to £1,000 include replacing single-glazed windows, cavity wall insulation, flat roof and floor insulation.

New home buyers who have moved into their homes in the last 12 months will also receive a £500 bonus if they carry out some energy improvement measures.

Peter Bates, who is managing director of The 80percent Hub, a not-for-profit energy saving advice and assessment organisation based in Ely, is urging residents and landlords to take advantage of the fund.

He said: “These renewable systems are becoming popular in rural parts of Cambridgeshire and the payments are even available for installations that were put in after July 15, 2009.

“However, in order to claim for the payments all properties need a Green Deal Assessment to be done.

“Switching energy company only goes part way to reducing energy costs.

“All householders need to consider whether they can increase the energy efficiency of their homes and switch to renewable heating systems.

“Householders need to think ahead during the warm summers, rather than leaving it until it gets colder.”

For more information, visit www.80pc.org.

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