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Scheme launched for home energy improvements

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Published: 14/10/2013

Home owners can take advantage of an energy loan scheme which was officially launched by South Gloucestershire Council this month.

Funding worth £70,000 is available to South Gloucestershire residents for a range of home improvement projects including installing solar panels, biomass boilers or upgrading their existing heating. Loans of between £1,000 and £15,000 can be taken out and repaid over a six month to 15 year period at a four per cent interest rate.

The loan is with South Gloucestershire Council and the scheme is administered by the Wessex Reinvestment Trust. Residents interested in applying for a loan will be given a home energy assessment to see which home improvement solution would work best for them.

See first hand how having a condensing boiler or solar panels installed can help save you money on your energy bills during Thornbury’s Open Doors weekend. The event is called the Energy-Smart Trail and takes place on October 19 and 20.

Run by Sustainable Thornbury, the weekend event provides an opportunity to have a look at a community building and 13 homes in Thornbury and Alveston which have already taken advantage of energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Among the energy measures on show there will be solid wall insulation, an air-source heat pump, wood burning stoves, a heat-exchanging extractor and programmable radiator valves.

This is an opportunity to see how other people save energy and money, and to talk to them about the benefits. More details on the website or pick up a leaflet at Thornbury Library or the Town Hall.

For further details on the home energy loan scheme call the energy advice line for free on 0800 500 3076.

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