It's felt noticeably more chilly over the last few days. We were recently asked about what insulation measures were available for people in rented properties - of which there are many in Stoke Newington (mine included). The Guardian's Environment blog has just posted a handy guide to what options are available tenants in privately rented accommodation to better insulate their homes. The top tips are:
- using draught excluding strips or multi purpose filler on gaps around window panes
- only heating rooms that you're using
- letting your landlord know about the Landlord's Energy Saving Allowance which allows them to claim up to £15000 against tax every year for buying and installing energy-saving products
Hackney Homes recently announced that 1017 'hard to insulate' homes in the Borough will receive cavity wall insulation to be completed as part of existing Decent Homes works - this has come from £2.9m of funding from the Homes and Community Agency.
Family Mosaic have also been awarded funding to insulate individual homes against heat loss - contact them on 020 7089 1268 for more information.
You can also search for grants on the Energy Savings Trusts website here.