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Energy Saving Trust publishes figures of insulation in Britain's homes
The Energy Saving Trust has published a breakdown of how much loft and cavity wall insulation was professionally installed in each local authority and parliamentary constituency between 2008 and 2010.
The installation is part of the Government’s requirement on energy companies to help consumers save energy, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT).
The three local authorities that have seen the highest percentage of their area’s housing stock lagged over the first two years of the CERT scheme are Kirklees with 22.5 per cent, Isle of Anglesey with 18 per cent and Carmarthenshire with 14.6 per cent, and the three lowest are Westminster with 0.2 per cent, Kensington and Chelsea with 0.5 per cent and Tower Hamlets with 0.5 per cent.
In June 2010, the Government announced that the CERT would be extended to 2012 which will result in a further 3.5 million homes receiving insulation, paving the way for the Green Deal coming into effect in 2012.
It is estimated the most energy inefficient homes in the UK could save around £550 per year on average by installing insulation measures.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “This shows that hundreds of thousands of homes across Britain are already benefitting from saving energy and money as a result of better insulation. But the figures also reveal that some areas are doing better than others, partly because some homes are more difficult and expensive to insulate."
"That’s why I’m reforming the energy efficiency regime so that more homes benefit in future – especially those that live in properties that are harder to insulate."