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Monday, 5 October 2009

Insulating your home this winter

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
The full guide is here.

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.

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