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Government plans national thermal insulation drive

The government has unveiled details of its national drive to ensure all of Britain's homes have adequate thermal insulation.

Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said the planned Green Deal will create up to 100,000 new jobs for insulation installers by 2015.

Under the proposed scheme, people who rent or own their home will get an independent energy survey that will highlight the best ways to cut heat loss and power consumption.

They will then be able to access a loan from Green Deal providers worth up to £6,500 to have qualified professionals carry out the recommended improvements.

The money borrowed will be paid back through savings realised on energy bills.

"I want Britain to say goodbye forever to leaky lofts and chilly draughts," Mr Huhne said.

"At a time of increasing gas prices, energy efficiency is a no-brainer."

The government intends to introduce legislation for the Green Deal to parliament next month.

If passed, the scheme will start in autumn 2012.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the typical UK household currently spends around £23 per week - or around £1,200 a year - on power and fuel.