10:04 AM, 21st June 2011, About 10 years ago 4
New figures have revealed that almost half of Britain’s homes do not have adequate basic insulation and as a result, are wasting at least £100 in energy bills every year.
Adequately insulated lofts and cavity walls help to cut down energy leakage and therefore energy bills. However, the latest lagging statistics show that only 57% of Britain’s lofts have been properly insulated and only 58% of cavity walls have been filled.
With the Coalition Government putting pressure on energy companies to increase the help they offer to property owners, a total of 3.5 million homes are set to benefit by December 2012 as a result of a tougher Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.
Around 479,000 professional insulation measures have already been installed, and with over three million further homes expected to be treated by the end of 2012, this will average more than 140,000 insulation measures a month.
Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:
“At a time when money is tight and with energy prices predicted to rise, householders are missing out on over £100 of savings every single year by not getting their lofts lagged and cavity walls filled.
“We are making energy companies do more to help their hard pressed customers, with another 3.5 million households set to be protected against higher bills by the end of next year.”
People who want advice on insulating their home should call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 to find out about the latest local offers on insulation that are available.
To help even more people transform their homes, the Government’s Green Deal will start next year. Households will be able to invest in home improvements at no upfront cost and repay through savings on energy bills.
The scheme will involve an extensive range of energy efficiency measures including installing insulation, replacing leaky windows, or upgrading inefficient old heating systems to the latest high-performing models.
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