Last Chance For Millions Of Flat Dwellers To Bring Down Soaring Energy Bills With Free Insulation

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 14, 2014 - Time is ticking for people across the UK looking for ways to bring down costly winter energy bills. HomeSun is offering a final month of free Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) to those living in or owning flats within buildings of three storeys or more.

    Tenants, owners, landlords and property management companies should apply to HomeSun by Friday 7th February before the 'window' slams shut on government subsidies, following changes to 'ECO' funding announced in George Osborne's recent Autumn Statement2.

    Those who take up the offer will benefit from free surveys, access equipment, CWI and a 25 year guarantee, making a saving of up to 850 per flat1 on the installation and cutting their heating bills by up to 20%3. Property management companies and landlords also receive a Completion Payment for every insulated flat.

    By insulating the wall cavity, residents can keep heat in and reduce draughts as well as condensation to make their heating work harder and keep the cold out through the winter months. Up to 35% of all heat lost in properties is lost through the walls, making CWI one of the best ways to reduce energy required and cut costly bills by up to a fifth, which could equate to more than 140.00 per household a year4.

    Daniel Green, CEO at HomeSun said, "We estimate that there are approximately eleven million people living in flats across Britain5 and a high proportion of those will be living in buildings of three storeys or more. There is now a short window for those people to take advantage of free insulation for their homes, while the government funding is still available.

    "As we're now in the height of winter with temperatures plummeting and energy bills ever on the rise, it's a no-brainer way to save money on heating bills and have everything taken care of for you - for free."

    Landlords have an additional incentive to apply, as they begin to comply with legislation set out by the Energy Act 2011, which means they will be unable to let properties which fall below a prescribed level of energy efficiency without making improvements. Fines of up 5,000 per property could be imposed for those falling short of the bar.

    Due to the way insulation works, whole blocks of flats must be insulated at once. To apply or seek the assistance of HomeSun to get the support of neighbours, people should visit www.homesun.com or call 0800 404 6777.
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    For further information, please contact the HomeSun press office team on:
    T: 0207 632 4800 or E: HomeSun ( @ ) threepipe dot co dot uk

    NOTES TO EDITORS
    1 The standard pricing for quality Cavity Wall Insulation is from around 500, and can reach up to 1,500 for difficult-to-reach flats. With the HomeSun ECO offer, there is no charge at all - to Landlords, or resients or Property Management Companies. The costs are completely covered by the 'ECO' subsidy.

    2 The ECO (Energy Company Obligation) is imposed by the government on utility companies. HomeSun works on behalf of the utility company to deliver Cavity Wall Insulation completely free of charge to residential blocks of flats of three storeys and over.

    3 According to the Energy Saving Trust based on a three bed semi-detached house. On average, residents can save up to 20% on their heating bills with Cavity Wall Insulation.
    http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Insulation/Cavity-wall-insulation

    http://www.uswitch.com/insulation/guides/wall-insulation-types/

    4 According to the Energy Saving Trust (see footnote 3, above).

    5 21 per cent of the 23.4 million households in England and Wales live in a flat: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/detailed-characteristics-on-housing-for-local-authorities-in-england-and-wales/short-story-on-detailed-characteristics.html

    ABOUT THE DEADLINE
    Applications should be made before 7th February 2014 for free Cavity Wall Insulation. This is because the 'ECO' policy is set to change from March 31st and higher levels of funding needed for 'hard to treat' Cavity Wall Insulation will be no longer available. This includes blocks of flats three storey and above. The race is on to do as much installation as possible by the cut off date. This happened to Feed-in Tariffs/solar in 2012, and to HHCRO/Free Boilers in 2013. Thousands who applied early benefited from free measures; thousands didn't because they weren't aware of what was on offer, or felt they could wait.

    ABOUT 'ECO' (ENERGY COMPANY OBLIGATION) AND HOMESUN
    Utility companies have an 'Energy Company Obligation' imposed by government, requiring them to reduce carbon emissions amongst energy users across the UK. They achieve these reductions by paying selected companies to undertake energy efficiency improvements to domestic buildings.

    HomeSun is working on behalf of the utility company to deliver Cavity Wall Insulation completely free of charge to Residents, Property Management Companies and Landlords of residential buildings, three storeys and above. The funding covers everything from start to finish - surveys, access equipment, insulation and a 25 year guarantee.

    To catalyse as many applications as possible, HomeSun also includes a Completion Payment to Property Management Companies for every insulated flat. In this way, everyone benefits: resident, property owner and the planet.

    ABOUT HOMESUN

    HomeSun led the transformation in the UK of solar for homes with the launch of Free Solar in 2010 using the Feed-in Tariff subsidy, transforming the UK marketplace and becoming one of the biggest residential solar installers in history.

    HomeSun is now bringing free Cavity Wall Insulation to a part of the residential market that has been traditionally underserved flats of three storeys and above.

    Solar and CWI are part of HomeSun's aim to put people more in control of the energy they use to power and heat their homes. Energy takes a big percentage of income: it's a vital but not an enjoyable spend and much of the UK population is vulnerable to the price fluctuations.

    It does not have to be like that. HomeSun believes that by creating new commercial models and leveraging existing schemes, it can build a sustainable business and make it easy for residents to pay less and save more.

    In each case, we are looking for ways of delivering real value to our customers for zero cost, using innovative 'models' and approaches, and playing a practical part making 'green' work.
    www.homesun.com

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