23 Jun 2016

Homes and jobs warming up nicely

The council has approved a new scheme called ‘Warm Up Wight’ - an opportunity for local residents to access free energy efficiency upgrades.  

Warm Up Wight is being delivered by J&J Crump which has been able to secure vital Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to deliver the new scheme for the benefit of Island residents. The scheme will provide insulation and heating improvements to residential properties across the Island that meet the required criteria. Each property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be checked, upon request for home insulation improvement, to identify appropriate insulation and heating improvements that could be made.
 
The scheme is currently offering free cavity wall insulation for all properties. Free loft insulation will be undertaken where possible and as required following a check of the property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Low income households may be entitled to free or significantly reduced replacement boiler systems. 

The ECO funding comes with the obligation that the Warm Up Wight scheme delivers environmental and social benefits to Island homes. The council expects the project to help reduce carbon emissions, tackle fuel poverty and provide training and employment opportunities on the Island. The company has based itself in Ryde and is currently looking to recruit local operatives. Up to 20 jobs are expected to be created within the next 12 months. 

J&J Crump has brought in ‘the Warmfront Team’ to engage with local residents and undertake the initial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) checks. Any approved insulation and heating improvements are installed by J&J Crump.
 
Steve Crump, managing director of J&J Crump, said: “We believe that there are still up to 40,000 properties on the Isle of Wight that require basic insulation measures. We are making a long term commitment to the Island to insulate as many of these as possible.” 

Councillor Paul Fuller, Executive member for environment (sustainability), said: “J&J Crump came to us with the proposal to deliver the scheme on the Island. They’ve came with good references having successfully undertaken such schemes elsewhere in the country already, so we were happy to approve their request using our Code of Conduct for energy efficiency schemes. Warm Up Wight clearly demonstrates benefits to local residents, as well as the local economy through local job creation, and the company have proven high levels of customer care.”
 
For a free, no obligation survey, call Freephone 0800 032 8322 or go online to: www.warmupwight.co.uk

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  • Up to 20 jobs are expected to be created within the next 12 months.
  • Up to 40,000 properties on the Isle of Wight may require basic insulation measures.
 
Isle of Wight, UK