Homeowners rush to take advantage of insulation grants

With just six months until the Governments Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme expires, energy saving advice website, thinkinsulation.com has reported the latest stats from the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s report – ‘Estimates of Home Insulation Levels in Great Britain’.

The quarterly report looks at the number of homes in Great Britain insulated under the CERT scheme, a programme funded by the energy suppliers that helps homeowners to pay for energy efficiency measures for the home.

The statistics demonstrate positive trends in the uptake of home insulation in Great Britain, estimating that at the start of April 2012, 500,000 (57 per cent) more properties in England, Scotland and Wales had loft insulation, 280,000 (44 per cent) more had cavity wall insulation and 6,000 more had solid wall insulation, compared with the beginning of January 2012. Furthermore, approximately 27,000 more solid wall properties had solid wall insulation than in April 2011 – an increase of 26 per cent.

Home insulation is just one of the measures covered by CERT and it is one of the most effective ways of making a home more energy efficient and reducing fuel bills. Ofgem has reported that 64 per cent* of all total CO2 emissions savings to date under the CERT scheme are from insulation measures, including DIY loft insulation.

Lydia Sharples of thinkinsulation.com, comments: “The findings of DECC’s report are really encouraging and it is great to see the take up of insulation measures has increased year on year since the start of CERT in April 2008, particularly in this last quarter as we approach the final few months of the scheme. However there is still a huge job to be done as just 2 per cent of all of the solid wall properties in Great Britain have had solid wall insulation installed and 40 per cent of homes are still in need of cavity wall insulation.

“What’s more, the figures show that over a third (38 per cent) of homes with lofts still lack the basic levels of loft insulation, despite it being a low cost and easy DIY job that is covered under the CERT scheme. The next six months are the perfect time for consumers to take advantage of Government funding while it is still available and we urge people to start by insulating their properties to create more comfortable and cost efficient homes.”

For details of support available under CERT contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

For more advice about how to save energy and money in the home visit www.thinkinsulation.com

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