Jersey government insulation scheme open to more residents

More people in Jersey now qualify for a scheme to save energy in their homes free of charge, according to the environment minister.

Deputy Rob Duhamel said people over the age of 65 would be offered free home insulation.

The Jersey Energy Trust runs the scheme and says insulating a home's loft saves energy and lowers heating bills.

Deputy Duhamel said the scheme was previously only open to people aged over 70.

He said it would also help to reduce the island's carbon dioxide emissions.

The grants, covering all the costs of insulating a home, are restricted to people with less than £50,000 in savings.

The Jersey Energy Trust says it is looking forward to welcoming more people to the scheme and is encouraging them to apply.

Chairman of the trust, Sir Nigel Broomfield, said: "We're delighted to be expanding our criteria, and look forward to welcoming even more applicants onto the scheme.

"I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to apply and to spread the word to friends and neighbours who may also be able to benefit."

The scheme is open to owner-occupiers and private tenants and covers loft insulation, draught proofing or cavity wall insulation.

It is not open to social housing tenants as the States are already working to refurbish those properties.

The Environment Department launched the Energy Efficiency Service in April 2009. It gets £1m funding from the States of Jersey and £500,000 from Jersey Electricity.

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