AND THE WINNERS ARE..

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We’re excited to announce the winners of the free home insulation competition!

The competition run by Bristol City Council with support from Easton Energy Group marks the start of a £7.3 million drive towards improving household energy efficiency funded by the government’s Green Deal Communities fund.

Over 1,000 people were eligible to enter the competition which had two categories – individual home (two winners) and community cluster (one street or a cluster of houses).

The lucky individual winners are Ms Pauline Burrows of Wood Street, Easton and Ms Mamoona Haque of Roseberry Park, Redfield. A group of residents with properties in Johnson’s Road, Stepney Road and Stepney Walk won the community cluster category. Each of the winners will have their homes transformed with a external wall insulation.

"We're off to a flying start"

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We’re off to a flying start helping householders cut energy bills and improve their homes. The winners of this competition will help us show just what can be done for homeowners with older properties and make a significant contribution to our broader environmental ambitions for Bristol."

Cllr Gus Hoyt, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods added: “We will shortly be announcing the support we will be providing under the Council’s new energy efficiency scheme to help many more of our residents make these important improvements. This all goes to boost our credentials as the European Green Capital in 2015. I will be looking forward to meeting the competition winners when the work is completed.”

Pauline said: "I'm thrilled to have won this prize. I entered the competition because I've long wanted better insulation for my home and was frustrated that with solid walls, grant aided cavity wall insulation was not an option. My kitchen and bathroom have three external walls and despite being double-glazed are extremely cold in winter. A warm bathroom and a reduction in fuel bills were a huge incentive to enter the competition."

Ms Haque said: “I want to improve the energy-efficiency of my home and my comfort levels.  Winning the competition, means I can look forward to lower heating bills, increasing the quality of my property, and reducing my carbon footprint by using less fossil fuel.”
 
Next steps
 
Owners of these properties will all receive a Green Deal assessment in the next fortnight which will identify opportunities to improve the  overall energy efficiency of the property, as well as a technical survey to ensure the properties are in sound condition prior to the application of the external wall insulation. This involves cladding the outside of the property with insulating materials and is finished with a coloured render, reducing the need to paint for another 20 years. 
 
Overall 117 people submitted entries to the competition and everyone who entered will receive a free Green Deal assessment worth £150 each. This will involve an energy expert visiting the property, looking at how energy is currently used and how the building could be made more energy efficient. 
 
The Green Deal assessment provides the householder with a menu of options for improving their home which will help cut their energy bills and make the property warmer. it will also provide indicative costs and the expected savings on household energy bills.
 
A Green Deal assessment is the first step in helping people to cut their bills and improve their homes. Help to pay for some improvements will be available – subject to grant funding and applicant status – when details of the Council’s energy efficiency programme are unveiled.