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Insulation body launches new campaign

Date: 29/01/2015

Next week (February 2nd-6th) is Cold Homes Week and the the National Insulation Association (NIA) is using the occasion to launch a campaign to encourage homeowners to get their dwellings insulated.

The NIA said Britain has some of the worst insulated housing in Europe and pointed to a recent YouGov poll indicating 81 per cent of consumers remain worried about energy bills.

NIA chief executive Neil Marshall said: "Home insulation is the most cost effective way of saving on domestic energy bills. Around 60 per cent of heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roofs; but with the right measures put in place, householders could be making significant savings on their energy bills."

He said cavity wall insulation could save homes around £250 a year on average, with loft insulation saving a similar figure. In addition to this, draught-proofing in windows could save up to £50 a year and solid wall insulation can save up to £460 annually.

The NIA is urging householders to contact it and find out if they are eligible for a grant, which could mean they can get it installed for free or at a reduced cost.

Householders may be feeling the need for better insulation this week as the cold, snowy weather hits Britain, not only forcing people indoors for long periods of time, but also making those homes colder if they cannot retain heat.

Concerns about energy bills may have lessened slightly after falls in wholesale gas prices prompted some cuts in bills, although in the case of EDF energy this is just 1.3 per cent from February 11th, cutting the typical bill by a mere £9. Despite this, EDF claims its prices will still be the second cheapest among the main suppliers.

While E.on cut prices with effect from January 13th, nPower, Scottish Power and British Gas cuts will not take effect until later in February than the EDF cut, while the SSE reduction will not take effect until April 30th, when almost everyone will have turned the heating off.

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