Monday, 21 January 2013

local group will help you make your house less draughty and warmer

Transition Town Reading were using me as a guinea pig last week for their draught-proofing project. See below for the press release.


Transition Town Reading are a community group who may be able to help you with draught-proofing your house.

They have obtained a grant from Reading Borough Council, as part of the Winter Watch project, to pay for materials for draught-proofing vulnerable residents' homes. The labour will be provided for free by volunteer, expert draught-proofers.

The group hopes to draught-proof many homes across the whole of Reading and increase skills and experience in this area locally. The initial phase of the scheme is aimed mainly at vulnerable people, but in the future the group hopes to be able to help a wider section of the community.

Project coordinator Tony Cowling said: "we have recently had another cold snap and many people across Reading will have struggled to heat their homes. Draught-proofing is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money. Full draught-proofing will save you on average £55 per year. Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat. This could save you another £60 per year."

Green councillor Rob White said: "it is criminal that some people are unable to afford to heat their homes. This is a really positive project to improve the quality of housing in Reading. I fully support it and was only too happy to act as a guinea pig."

If you are struggling with your fuel bills, or to keep your house warm, then the group would be interested in hearing from you.

For more information please contact Tony Cowling or Summreen at Reading Borough Council 0118 9372100.

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