Hampshire residents offered free insulation
Residents in Hampshire are being given the chance to insulate their homes for free in a council-backed initiative.
Insulate Hampshire is offering cavity wall and loft insulation free for average sized properties with subsidies for larger homes.
County councillor Ken Thornber said in Hampshire 65,000 homes with people over the age of 70 were not insulated.
He added that nationally, cold-related illnesses costs the NHS £1 billion every year so the issue was a priority.
Something for nothing
Andy Deacon, from the Energy Saving Trust, said the scheme was a cost-effective way to insulate your home.
The charity was involved in the early planning of Insulate Hampshire.
He added: "Loft insulation can save £175, and cavity wall insulation £135 on your bills - these are not small-fry savings.
"It's hard to find something for nothing these days, but in this case, that's exactly the deal on offer for Hampshire residents."
Insulate Hampshire is a not-for-profit scheme set up by the Hampshire Senate, a consortium of local councils and other agencies including the Hampshire primary care trust, police and fire authorities.
The offer of free insulation does not apply to residents living in the Southampton and Portsmouth City Council areas.
The council hopes work done by the project will cut CO2 emissions by 18,000 tonnes and save homes £3m every year on energy bills.
Anyone eligible must apply before for an assessment to gauge the homes suitability by the end of March 2012 and can visit the Insulate Hampshire website for more details.