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Chancellor urged to encourage insulation in Budget

The chancellor must make provisions within the forthcoming Budget to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes. That is the view of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which insists the move is necessary to provide a boost to the struggling construction industry and assist households who are... More >

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Thermal imaging flyovers highlight need for insulation

Residents in the Scottish city of Aberdeen are being provided with thermal images to show how much heat is being lost at properties with insufficient levels of loft and wall insulation. Aberdeen City Council is believed to be the only local authority producing these types of pictures, which use... More >

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Scottish govt 'missing opportunity to encourage better insulation'

The Scottish government will struggle to meet its energy efficiency targets and may come to regret not taking the opportunity to encourage households to improve their levels of thermal insulation. That is the view of David Steward, policy manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.... More >

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Yorkshire insulation scheme 'close to an end'

One of the country's first free loft and cavity wall insulation schemes is close to reaching its funding limit, a year after it launched. The Wrapping Up Yorkshire initiative allows residents to claim for energy efficiency improvement measures, with the cost covered by a group of national... More >

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North-east insulation scheme hailed a success

An £8 million scheme to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the north-east of England has been hailed. Stockton's GoWarm Parkfield initiative was originally designed to provide free insulation and advice on how to reduce energy wastage to around 600 households in the area, the... More >

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Insulation scheme saves Hampshire residents £2.3m

A scheme designed to help people in Hampshire improve the levels of thermal insulation in their homes has saved residents £2.3 million on their annual energy bills. The Insulate Hampshire programme has provided more than 13,900 properties with loft or cavity wall insulation in an effort to... More >

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Calls for govt to impose 'carbon tax' to fund free insulation

The government should impose a carbon tax and use this levy to provide free insulation to homes across the UK that are in fuel poverty. That is the view of the Energy Bill Revolution coalition, which is made up of various children, elderly, health and disability groups. It warned the number of... More >

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Visitors invited to check out energy efficient homes

People living in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will this weekend get the opportunity to see how the installation of solid wall insulation can improve the eco-friendliness of their homes. As part of a week-long initiative to encourage people to increase the energy efficiency of their properties,... More >

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Landlords urged to improve insulation of properties

Within the next five years, it will become illegal to let ten per cent of current private rented sector (PRS) properties unless landlords improve their insulation qualities. New laws are set to come into effect from 2018 that will stipulate any homes available to rent must meet minimum standards... More >

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Firms 'should consider insulation when deciding budget'

As the new financial year approaches, firms are likely to be preparing their budget for the coming 12 months and particularly savvy companies need to be factoring in their premises' levels of insulation. That is the view of energy industry expert Mervyn Bowden, who has written a guest blog for... More >

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Govt 'to be taken to court' over insulation scheme

The European Commission (EC) is taking the UK government to court for offering reduced VAT rates on energy efficiency products such as solid wall insulation. Currently, there is a five per cent taxation on the energy-saving materials, but the EC has begun infringement proceedings because it argues... More >

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Thermal scan 'will highlight which insulation is needed'

In an effort to meet its ambitious carbon-reduction goals and lower bills for consumers, the government is increasingly encouraging people to install thermal insulation and make other energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The Green Deal initiative allows homeowners and businesses to do... More >

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Energy minister hails "pioneering" efficiency scheme

Energy minister Greg Barker has visited a local project that is aiming to supplement the Green Deal insulation scheme and reduce consumer energy bills. The Green Deal Consortia has been set up in Wigan and hopes to provide a boost to small businesses by connecting them with funders, so they can... More >

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London properties to benefit from insulation grants

Landlords in London have been encouraged to take advantage of funding available to ensure their properties have sufficient levels of thermal insulation. The London Landlords Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) stated properties in the captial's private rented sector could have access to up to £90... More >

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Energy efficiency delays 'damaging construction industry'

As the government attempts to reach its targets to significantly reduce the country's carbon emissions, the building regulations relating to construction and renovation are set to become more stringent. This will affect both new-build properties and retrofit projects - where older properties... More >

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Insulation can ease heating concerns during cold snap

With freezing temperatures set to hit the UK once more over the next few days, it could well be the perfect time to consider installing thermal insulation. The Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning for the vast majority of the country over the next five days, with average temperatures... More >

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Energy warning provides insulation incentive

Households have been reminded of the importance of good quality thermal insulation as Ofgem has warned they may face further increases to their energy bills in the near future. The energy watchdog's chief executive Alistair Buchanan spoke out yesterday (February 19th) regarding its concerns... More >

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Building society provides alternative funding for insulation

Nationwide has launched a new finance scheme offering an alternative to the Green Deal for households who wish to make energy efficiency improvements such as installing solid wall insulation. The firm said its Green Additional Borrowing initiative will "complement" the government's... More >

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Welsh govt to receive energy efficiency warning

The Welsh government will today (February 18th) be warned it needs to do more if it is to meet its energy efficiency and environmental goals. In an effort to combat climate change, it has set itself a target of reducing carbon emissions by three per cent year-on-year. The Climate Change Commission... More >

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Worried Brits 'failing to recognise' insulation will lower bills

Energy bills are the biggest financial worry for Brits, but many do not recognise how making energy-efficiency improvements such as installing insulation is the key way to reduce them. Research undertaken by the Behaviour Change organisation has revealed 36 per cent of people in the UK are worried... More >

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39% of Brits have heard of Green Deal

Industry experts have been encouraged by the level of interest in loans for energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall insulation, despite the fact three-fifths of Brits are not aware of the Green Deal scheme. A YouGov poll has revealed 61 per cent of people have not heard of the initiative,... More >

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Regulation delays 'anger energy efficiency firms'

A group of engineering and insulation firms have sent an open letter to Eric Pickles, criticising his decision to delay the tightening of regulations on new-build properties. The Association for the Conservation of Energy (Ace) addressed the letter to the communities secretary and minister for... More >

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62% of properties have insufficient cavity wall insulation

Three-fifths of residential properties in the UK have insufficient cavity wall insulation, according to new research. The latest edition of the Housing Survey produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed the majority of homes in the UK do not contain the... More >

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Green Deal energy efficiency scheme 'needs to evolve'

The government's Green Deal scheme, which is designed to help homeowners make energy efficiency improvements to their homes such as thermal insulation, will not be widely utilised unless changes are made. That is the view of leading estate agent Patrick McCutcheon, who has echoed the concerns... More >

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EST reveals insulation savings

New figures released by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) have highlighted just how much households could save by installing loft, cavity or solid wall insulation. According to the EST, a quarter of the all the heat in a home with insufficient insulation is lost through the roof. It estimates around... More >

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Public buildings to get insulation under retrofit scheme

Boris Johnson's initiative to retrofit public sector buildings with energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation is currently being rolled out across the country. The mayor of London originally introduced the RE:FIT scheme in 2008, with the intention to ensure new energy savings... More >

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Landlords offered 'all-in-one insulation solution'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has announced a new cost-effective solution to allow property owners to have insulation installed at their rental homes. Under the government's new Green Deal scheme, households can make energy efficiency improvements to their homes at no upfront... More >

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Insulation grant secures future of Gisburn Festival Hall

Gisburn Festival Hall in Lancashire has been saved from the threat of closure thanks to a grant to improve the levels of insulation at the property. A charitable trust is responsible for the running of the hall, the future of which was the subject of great debate because of rising heating costs,... More >

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Govt 'needs to invest in energy efficiency'

Low-income households may not be receiving access to the funding they require to make their homes sufficiently energy efficient. According to the National Energy Action (NEA) charity, the government's vow to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016 will fail because of a lack of help available to those... More >

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Criticism of government energy efficiency scheme

The flagship energy efficiency scheme launched by the government exactly one week ago (January 28th) has come under criticism because of the limited number of firms approved to install measures such as solid wall insulation. As part of the scheme, homeowners are able to take out loans to make... More >

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