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Wrap Up Your Home For Winter

AS the nights draw in and the cold creeps through, Swansea Council's Energy Advice Centre team is urging householders to wrap up their homes as well as themselves.

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The award winning Craddock Street team take residents through ways of ensuring heat and fuel bills do not go through the roof this winter.

Visitors to the centre are helped to complete a data-protected Home Energy Survey in return for a low energy lamp to kick start their power saving steps.

The survey helps identify how individuals can improve the energy efficiency of their home, reduce their fuel bills potentially by hundreds of pounds, and enjoy more comfortable living spaces.

An average three bedroomed semi-detached property lacking in energy saving measures may literally be leaking heat and therefore cash through the roof, windows, walls and gaps.

Cavity Wall insulation and loft insulation alone could save such a household more than £180 a year, reduce the risk of condensation and help save the environment.

The Energy Advice Centre can provide householders with information on the best insulation schemes, which offer grants of up to 100 per cent for cavity wall and loft measures for persons eligible for tax credits or other benefits.

Any resident who claims Working Families Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit is eligible for free cavity wall and loft insulation. There are a number of other benefits which also make residents eligible for 100 per cent grants.

Householders who are not eligible for 100% grants can still benefit from discounts of between 50 per cent and 70%.

Other low cost measures and no cost tips include fitting low energy light bulbs and choosing 'A' rated appliances – an 'A' rated washing machine costs on average £11 a year to run, a 'G' rated machine costs £82.

A hot water tank jacket keeps in the heat and saves money while fitting thermostatic radiator valves to control the temperature of individual radiators as well as reflective radiator panels could reduce fuel bills by up to 20 per cent.

Pam Walters Energy Efficiency Advice Centre Manger said: "With all the early predictions of a particularly cold winter this year you simple cannot afford not to take measures such as insulating your home.

"Anyone interested in keeping their fuel bills down, but enjoying a warm and comfortable autumn and winter should come in and see us to find out more and to arrange a free survey without obligation."

The Swansea Council funded Swansea Energy Efficiency Advice Centre can be contacted on 01792 654257 or 0800 512012.

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