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EDF Energy to give away free insulation this winter

Loft and cavity wall insulation could save you up to £310

Loft insulation

EDF Energy is offering to install free loft or cavity wall insulation to help consumers cut their heating bills over the winter months.

The energy company says it will offer homes the option to get their loft or cavity walls insulated. free of charge. Anyone wanting to apply for the Home Insulation Scheme must do so before 31 March 2012

Notably, you don’t need to be an EDF Energy customer to take advantage of the offer.

Cut heating bills

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, says: ‘It’s great that EDF Energy has responded to our call to provide help to people this winter by offering free insulation. We want to see the other major suppliers follow suit before it’s too late.’

He added: ‘With even the cheapest energy deals now more than £1,000 a year on average, it’s vital that energy companies do all they can to help customers cut their bills and keep warm this winter.’

You can find out more about how Which? is campaigning to make energy more affordable for everyone – and how you can get involved.

EDF Energy free insulation scheme

On registering for the scheme, EDF Energy will arrange for someone to conduct a survey of your home and decide if your property is suitable for insulation.

Not all homes will be able take up the free insulation offer. You won’t be able to apply if you already have some cavity wall insulation installed or loft insulation that’s more than 60mm thick. At least two-thirds of your loft and wall space will need to be available to insulate. 

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, call EDF for free on 0800 015 7786 (Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, Saturday 8.30am-2pm). EDF Energy is warning that homes may have to wait before getting their insulation installed, due to high expected demand.

The free installation will be conducted by one of EDF Energy’s approved contractors. Charges may, however, apply in the case of large or ‘non-standard’ properties, but EDF Energy says homeowners will be informed if they fall into this category during the initial survey.

Energy prices rising

Which? research shows the energy bills are consumers’ number one financial concern.

All the major energy companies have announced gas and electricity price rises, including EDF Energy. Its price increase (15.4% for gas; 4.5% for electricity) will kick in for customers on 10 November.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a typical uninsulated three-bedroom house could save up to £310 a year on heating bills by getting cavity wall and loft insulation installed.

British Gas currently offers free insulation to its own customers, along with those who are over 70-years-old, or on a qualifying benefit.

In October, The Sun launched the ‘Keep it Down‘ energy campaign, a five-point plan to help people heat their homes. One of the requests was for suppliers to offer free insulation to all customers until 1 April 2012.

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