West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Better Homes Yorkshire have secured funding to provide free insulation for the attic bedrooms or lofts of 115 Calderdale homes, as part of the Tackling Fuel Poverty programme.
The new insulation will make the homes cheaper to heat, as well as healthier places to live and better for the environment.
How is the work carried out?
Timescales and the way work is carried out may vary slightly depending on the individual property, but the installation process usually follows these steps:
Our staff will prepare the home to minimise disruption to the homeowner while work is taking place.
Carpets will be covered to protect them from dust and footprints.
Electrical and plumbing sections of the room will be made available to work on, for example removing radiators and loosening sockets. We will also remove skirting board from the walls.
Our team will then begin to fix the insulated board to the walls. These rigid PIR boards will help to keep the room cool in summer and warmer in winter.
The rest of the insulated board will be fixed to the walls and ceiling of the attic room or loft.
The walls and ceiling will be plastered, creating a smooth finish which can then be painted over once dry.
The newly plastered walls and ceiling will be left to dry for around five days. Our staff will then return to complete the decoration of the room, including painting, as well as re-fixing the electrical sockets, radiators and skirting boards.
Calderdale resident Sarah Younis recently had her attic room insulated through the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme by Eclipse Energy.
She said: “I absolutely love the look of my new room, it’s a million times better than it was before."
“Since the work has been done, I’ve turned my radiators off in the attic room as it’s staying much warmer and, during the recent warm days, the room has been a lot cooler. From start through to completion there haven’t been any issues, and everyone involved was extremely friendly. I am totally satisfied with the work to my home. In fact, I have already recommended it to my family as the work is free and you end up with a newly decorated room.”
Another resident in the area to have the works done was Saima Younis.
“The property gets a lot warmer now, and it stays warmer for longer too."
"It’s been turned into a lovely room and I’m very satisfiedwith the works that have been carried out. To be honest, at first, I was very worried about the mess that would be created from the work, but it’s well worth it at the end. The guys were very friendly and cleaned up after themselves. There haven’t been any issues with the work from start to finish and it is definitely something I would recommend to friends and family.”
Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration), said:
“Through the Better Homes Yorkshire framework, we have been given the opportunity to carry out improvement work to the homes of those who need it most. We hope this will have a real positive impact on the lives of residents by creating warmer and healthier homes, as well as reducing their fuel costs.”
Am I eligible for the insulation work?
Eligible households in Calderdale will be contacted by the Better Homes Yorkshire team.