A PROJECT to put in loft and cavity insulation in thousands of Hampshire homes has saved residents £2.3m in its first year.
The Hampshire Senate-backed Insulate Hampshire scheme has provided loft and cavity wall insulation to 13,900 Hampshire homes.
The scheme was backed by all members of the Hampshire Senate plus Eastleigh and Fareham Borough Councils with funding from ScottishPower.
The Hampshire Senate is a voluntary partnership made up of councillors, representatives from the police, fire authority, NHS and the voluntary and community sector.
ScottishPower invested more than £5.5m in the county as part of its carbon emission reduction target.
Over 18,600 cavity walls and lofts were fitted with insulation, largely at no cost.
Residents were able to pick up free DIY rolls of loft insulation at community events.
Enough rolls of loft insulation were given away to cover 31 football pitches.
Hampshire Senate chairman councillor Ken Thornber, said: ‘Insulate Hampshire has been hugely successful in helping people to save money, which is particularly important as the cost of energy continues to rise, and households face ongoing financial pressures.
‘The scheme has been a positive boost to Hampshire’s local economy – creating and maintaining 100 jobs.
‘Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for the Hampshire Senate.’