Poorly insulated homes missing out on energy savings every year

June 17th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

New figures released on 17 June 2011 reveal that nearly half of Britain’s homes do not have adequate basic insulation and are throwing away at least £100 in wasted energy payments every year.

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. Insulating lofts and cavity walls cuts down on energy leakage and therefore reduces energy bills.

A Guernsey house with recently applied cavity wall insulation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Energy companies have been told by the UK Coalition Government to increase the help they make available to people to insulate their homes and save money. A total of 3.5 million UK homes are set to benefit by December 2012 as a result of a tougher Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

Today’s figures show that 479,000 professional insulation measures have already been installed in the UK against the new target, with over three million further UK homes expected to be treated by the end of 2012. On average this will amount to 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 UK households set to be protected against higher bills by the end of next year.”

People who want advice on insulating their home can visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

To help even more people transform their homes, the UK Government’s Green Deal will start next year. UK households will be able to invest in home improvements at no upfront cost and repay through savings on energy bills.

The UK 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.

1 Response to “Poorly insulated homes missing out on energy savings every year”

  1. Mr. J Soden

    It is becoming increasingly realised that with the UK Government’s commitment to reduce CO² emissions by 80% before 2050, that even if all new build properties until that time were completely carbon neutral, only a 1% total reduction would be achieved.

    80% reductions in CO² will only be achieved through the retro-fitting of high performance insulation in the existing stock of buildings.

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