PRLog (Press Release) - May 16, 2012 - Britain’s largest ‘big six’ energy provider, Centrica, last week warned millions of UK households to expect their energy bills to rise in the near future. However, for a limited time only, households in almost all UK areas can claim a 100% Free Insulation Grant to protect against future energy price rises, through industry specialists EnergyLink.
In Centrica’s Interim Management Statement, published on the company’s website on Friday 11th May 2012, it was predicted that £50 could be added onto the average household’s energy bills this year, due to rising UK wholesale gas and non-commodity costs.
Centrica’s Interim Management Statement also highlighted that the trend for retail energy costs remains upwards and that energy bills will continue to rise as a result. To support this, between August and November of last year each of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers increased the price of gas by 15-20%.
With long-term energy prices expected, 100% Free Insulation Grants offer a cost-effective solution and are currently available to households in almost all areas of the UK. There is no catch.
Big energy providers have Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets (CERT), which are placed on them by the UK Government. If they fail to meet their targets, they risk receiving large fines. Therefore, funding has been made available to extend the 100% Free Grant scheme to almost all UK areas.
A 100% Free Insulation Grant will cover the full cost of having Cavity Wall Insulation and/or Loft Insulation professionally installed completely free, regardless of age or circumstances.
Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation remain the two most energy efficient ways to retain heat and make large savings on energy bills - up to £310 per year if both are installed – which will outweigh the upcoming energy price rises by providers.
Homes built of brick between 1924 and 1982 are likely to have cavity walls and will be able to have Cavity Wall Insulation fitted, providing that it has not been installed in the property before.
Cavity Wall Insulation works by filling the space between the two layers of a home’s external walls. This helps retain to heat and will lead to energy bill savings of up to £135 per year.
Loft Insulation works in a similar way to Cavity Wall Insulation. It is rolled out in a home’s loft and acts as a blanket, preventing heat from escaping. Professionally installed Loft Insulation can save a household £175 per year.
It is also possible to claim a 100% Free Insulation Grant to top up a partially insulated loft, which will typically generate savings of up to £45 per year on heating bills.
Although the Insulation Grants scheme is due to end on 31st December 2012, there is no guarantee that 100% Free Grants will be available until then as funding is limited and the Grants are in high demand.
Therefore, EnergyLink strongly advise UK homeowners and private tenants with suitable homes to claim a 100% Free Insulation Grant now while they are still available.
To apply for a Free Home Insulation Grant, to cover the full cost of having Loft Insulation and/or Cavity Wall Insulation professionally installed, visit: Free Insulation