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Vulnerable households 'must seek' thermal insulation

Homeowners on lower incomes must take more notice of government schemes offering thermal insulation.

This is according to expert Sarah Wright from National Energy Action, who has highlighted the importance of making properties as energy-efficient as possible.

Ms Wright, senior campaigns and communications officer at the organisation, said the Warm Front initiative can help vulnerable households and elderly consumers with the costs of heating and insulation.

"However, the scheme ends in March 2013, so we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to apply now before it is too late," she continued.

According to the UK government, the total number of families living in fuel poverty in England stands at around 3.5 million - however, recent research from Consumer Focus indicated this figure could in fact top 5.3 million.

Ms Wright stated that with every one per cent rise in utility costs, a further 40,000 homeowners are forced into fuel poverty.

She added if older residents do not seek out loft or thermal insulation, they are at risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks and bronchitis.

Posted by Paul Taylor