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Poor insulation costing British householders dearly

2011-07-21 09:03:02

More than four out of ten UK homes do not have effective insulation in their lofts, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The lack of proper insulation- including 42 per cent of homes that do not have cavity wall insulation- means that millions of pounds worth of heating costs are being lost every year from heating systems that are trying to keep energy inefficient homes warm.

Neil Marshall, the chief executive of the National Insulation Association(NIA) said that it would be prudent for homeowners to act now to rectify this, before the colder, heating-requiring weather of the Autumn and Winter months sets in.

He said that proper insulation could typically cut £255 from the annual bill of the average, uninsulated, three-bedroom semi-detached home.

He added, "There is also a range of schemes available providing generous grants and subsidies towards the cost of insulation measures and there has never been a better time to act with sharply rising energy prices."

Another means of cutting down on a home's heating costs is by making sure oil fired boilers are in optimum working condition. This can be done by enrolling in a regular boiler maintenance scheme, such as the Team Energy scheme.

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