Free insulation for Newark and Sherwood homes

Recent unseasonably warm weather might have most thinking about sunbathing and lazy days on the beach, but the potential to insulate your home completely free of charge should get you preparing for the cold and frosty days of winter.

Newark and Sherwood Warmstreets, a partnership between Newark and Sherwood District Council and Apex Carbon Solutions, helps eligible households get their homes insulated at a reduced rate to help keep homes warm and reduce energy bills.

Now, thanks to some Government subsidies, and providing you meet eligibility criteria, householders in Newark and Sherwood can take advantage of loft and cavity wall insulation completely free of charge for their home, regardless of their income.

This time-limited offer includes free loft insulation for any private household (owned or rented) that currently has no insulation (or less than 60mm), as well as free cavity wall insulation.

Anyone who calls Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Energy and Home Support team for advice on home insulation is referred to Apex who carry out a survey and install insulation where required, usually at a reduced rate.

Those who already have at least 60mm of loft insulation can pay a subsidised price of just £99 to have it topped up to the recommended level of 270mm. If you already have cavity wall insulation, this cannot be added to.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s cabinet member for sustainable development and regeneration, Cllr Roger Blaney, said: “This offer is better than free. Not only can we now install loft and cavity wall insulation without charging, but you will save money on your energy bills for years to come as your home will be easier to heat.

“Research shows insulating your loft can save up to £175 a year, as well as reducing the impact of your home on the environment. After Government subsidies end in December 2012, we expect loft and cavity wall insulation to again cost several hundred pounds so we urge our residents to take advantage while they can.”

Householders who are interested can call the council’s Energy and Home Support Team on 0800 013 1689 or call Warmstreets direct on 0800 043 9569 or, if calling from a mobile, 0333 577 9569, to arrange a survey.