Government scheme to increase energy efficiency in the region

Darlington and Stockton Times: Scheme to encourage energy efficiency Scheme to encourage energy efficiency

A GOVERNMENT scheme is offering households in the North-East the opportunity to increase their energy efficiency.

Families could cut money on energy bills and warm their homes by becoming more energy efficient.

The Warm Up North initiative will offer hundreds of homes in the region a free energy efficiency assessment.

The assessments, which will offer expert advice and recommendations on improving efficiency, will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The first 50 people to apply in each area covered – Darlington, Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Newcastle, Northumberland, Redcar&Cleveland, South Tyneside and Sunderland – will receive an assessment.

For more information, visit warmupnorth.com or call 0800 2948073

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8:12am Fri 14 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Why do they persist in this I have had my house inspected drilled so its like a Swiss cheese and all for NOTHING. My house and most of them in the area i live in are not able to be cavity filled etc, YET the persist in wasting money on trying to get people to sign up. I would love to have it done and would gladly pay for it to be done but it is constructually impossible.
Why do they persist in this I have had my house inspected drilled so its like a Swiss cheese and all for NOTHING. My house and most of them in the area i live in are not able to be cavity filled etc, YET the persist in wasting money on trying to get people to sign up. I would love to have it done and would gladly pay for it to be done but it is constructually impossible. oliviaden6
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12:44am Tue 18 Feb 14

grandmab says...

The old double brick houses cannot be insulated in the normal ways. If you blow stuff in between the air flow stops and the bricks fail. If you add rigid insulation on the outside and cover it with the new polymer reinforced render the bricks will fail because the air bricks are blocked. My front wall is classed as a cavity wall because all the bricks are laid in straight bond. But the cavity is less than 2". Given all the 'snots' on the inside that is not a wall for blown in insulation. Yet warm front wanted to do exactly that. I have found a solution that is inexpensive and relatively easy but not perfect. As I redecorate each room I make sure all inner surfaces are sound and sealed with a one way permeable sealer. Water can get out but not in. Then glue on 1"rigid foam. On top of that I glue fire rated gypsum board. Once it skimmed it is ready to decorate. I lose a little space in the room but once the window trim is back on you'd never know. If I am replacing a window I seal around the cavity with foam backer rod and spray foam. No more drafts around your windows. So far I have done all the windows and two rooms and the loft. Has made a huge difference. Doing piecemeal has meant I could afford it important because I am not eligible for benefits but I am not rich either I live just above the benefit line.
The old double brick houses cannot be insulated in the normal ways. If you blow stuff in between the air flow stops and the bricks fail. If you add rigid insulation on the outside and cover it with the new polymer reinforced render the bricks will fail because the air bricks are blocked. My front wall is classed as a cavity wall because all the bricks are laid in straight bond. But the cavity is less than 2". Given all the 'snots' on the inside that is not a wall for blown in insulation. Yet warm front wanted to do exactly that. I have found a solution that is inexpensive and relatively easy but not perfect. As I redecorate each room I make sure all inner surfaces are sound and sealed with a one way permeable sealer. Water can get out but not in. Then glue on 1"rigid foam. On top of that I glue fire rated gypsum board. Once it skimmed it is ready to decorate. I lose a little space in the room but once the window trim is back on you'd never know. If I am replacing a window I seal around the cavity with foam backer rod and spray foam. No more drafts around your windows. So far I have done all the windows and two rooms and the loft. Has made a huge difference. Doing piecemeal has meant I could afford it important because I am not eligible for benefits but I am not rich either I live just above the benefit line. grandmab
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