EDF Energy has teamed up with DIY chain Wickes to offer cheap insulation priced as little as £1 per square meter.
It’s now possible to buy loft insulation at Wickes for as little as £1 per square meter if you take up its ‘four rolls for the price of one’ offer.
But Which? energy expert Sylvia Baron warns: ‘Don’t rush out to take up the EDF Energy and Wickes deal before you’ve checked if you’re eligible for completely free insulation. If you are over the age of 70 or claim certain benefits, you could get loft insulation supplied and installed for free.’
If you don’t fall in that category, and don’t mind a bit of simple DIY, you could still benefit from one of the insulation deals offered by most energy suppliers. As loft insulation should help lower your energy bills, it could pay for itself in as little as a year.
Insulate your loft
Loft insulation is a cost-effective way to insulate your home and could cut your energy bills by up to £150 a year. Whilst you might already have some level of insulation in your loft, it might not reach the current recommended 270mm, so you might need topping up.
To find out more about buying and installing loft insulation, see our guide to loft insulation.
Why do energy suppliers offer cheap insulation?
EDF Energy’s partnership with Wickes is part of the energy company’s effort to meet its Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (Cert) – a scheme that requires energy suppliers to offer free or subsidised energy efficiency products, like insulation.
Many energy companies traditionally sent out free energy-saving light bulbs to consumers as part of Cert, but this process was banned in 2009 over concerns that that people were not using them.
Since the ban, energy suppliers have expanded their efforts to meet Cert targets by concentrating on other energy efficiency measures, such as insulation.
Wickes isn’t the only shop to sell cheap loft insulation. Similar offers have been available from other DIY outlets including B&Q, Build Center, Homebase and Focus.
The partnership between Wickes and EDF Energy will run until 31 December 2012.
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