INSULATION work is under way for the Warm Up Hartlepool scheme, with the first residents in the borough having cavity wall and loft insulation installed in their homes. The scheme could see thousands benefit from free measures, which make homes warmer and cheaper to heat. Launched at the end of July, residents can take advantage of the scheme’s extended qualification criteria to benefit from insulation and heating measures. Homes in certain postcode areas will automatically qualify, as will those in receipt of certain benefits and have an income threshold of less than £32,000 a year, and those with long-term health conditions made worse by the cold and damp.
Northern Echo 30th Aug 2018 read more »
Halogen lightbulbs are soon to become obsolete in the UK following a ban made by the European Union. Retailers will have to replace their stocks of halogen lightbulbs with more energy-efficient alternatives, such as LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs. The bulbs will be gradually phased out, with people expected to replace the halogen lightbulbs that they have in their homes as soon as they expire. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a halogen bulb uses up about £11 of electricity a year, while an LED bulb would only cost about £2 a year to use. “LED bulbs’ running costs are a fraction of halogens’ and they last a lot longer too, so making the move to the newer technology is an easy decision even before the ban comes into force,” says Stewart Muir of the Energy Saving Trust.
Independent 31st Aug 2018 read more »