Insulate Hampshire, the council-backed insulation scheme has accounted for a collective £141,225 of savings on fuel bills across the district.

921 households across the New Forest have benefitted from the scheme launched last July, which is estimated to be saving residents £141,225 each year and over 570,000 kgs of CO2.

480 houses have had cavity wall insulation, 436 have had full loft insulation and a further five have had their loft insulation ‘topped up’ to the recommended depth of 270mm.

Installing cavity wall and loft insulation where none currently exists is expected to save the average three bedroom semi-detached house around £300 a year on fuel bills; and with energy prices on the rise, the savings made on the insulation will also increase.

And there’s still plenty more to go. Insulate Hampshire offers free cavity wall insulation and loft insulation where less than 60mm (2 ½ inches) of loft insulation currently exists, to all homeowners and privately renting tenants across Hampshire, subject to a free, technical survey provided by the scheme.

To qualify, applications must be received by 30 September 2012, with installations taking place until 30 November 2012. Due to expected high demand, this is subject to availability.

New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Edward Heron, said: “I would encourage all householders to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to save money on fuel bills and reduce their carbon emission before the scheme ends.”

Government obligations mean that insulation measures won’t be free or subsidised after September; instead it will be replaced by the Green Deal, where a loan is put on the property’s energy bill to help householders increase energy efficiency over time but is better suited to higher costs such as solid wall insulation.

Insulate Hampshire consists of a partnership between Hampshire County Council and the 11 districts across the region and with funding from ScottishPower.

Don’t miss your chance to save up to £300 a year, contact Insulate Hampshire on 0800 952 0037 or apply online at insulatehampshire.co.uk