Only 57% of UK homes are properly insulated

Figures released today by the government show that nearly half of all UK homes lose heat through inefficient loft insulation. Not having adequate insulation can add over £100 a year […]

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By Tom Gibson

Figures released today by the government show that nearly half of all UK homes lose heat through inefficient loft insulation.

Not having adequate insulation can add over £100 a year in wasted energy payments every year but the government has claimed that measures set out in the Green Deal will benefit 3.5 million households by 2012 as a result of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

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.”

Those in the industry agreed that it was now down to the consumer to act and realise the savings that can be made, especially in light of rising energy prices.

David Weatherall, housing strategy manager for the Energy Saving Trust said: “We’re excited about the potential of the Green Deal, but ultimately it’s down to people to take matters into their own hands and take advantage of the measures on offer that will give them the best savings from their bills. We’d strongly urge everyone to check our grants and offers database to see what’s available right now, where you are. You can quite literally take action on your leaky home today.”

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.