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Driffield residents 'can apply for free loft and cavity wall insulation'

Residents in the East Yorkshire town of Driffield can apply to receive free loft and cavity wall insulation for a limited period.

As the colder months approach, homeowners in the area are able to seek help through the government's Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) initiative, which offers energy-efficient measures through local assessor Mike Jackson of M J Energy Services, the Beverley Guardian reports.

Mr Jackson stated by installing thermal insulation, householders could save between £135 and £175 on their utility bills every year.

He was quoted as saying: "The scheme has previously only offered free insulation for pensioners and those on benefits, but now the companies must spend this money so they have extended the offers to everyone."

The primary aim of CERT is to contribute towards the UK's legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5 per cent by 2008-12.

Families are running out of time to register for assistance as the CERT initiative is due to come to an end in December.

According to Mr Jackson, homeowners with loft insulation of three inches must still contact the scheme, as the recommended depth is 12 inches.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins