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NIA urges householders to consider insulation before winter

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging householders to insulate their properties in order to combat against rising energy costs before winter comes.

The call comes after a recent survey from BBC Radio 5 found that 38 per cent of Brits are worried that the cost of gas and electricity could become a problem for them during the colder months.

It also found that 25 per cent of respondents have put up with "unacceptable cold" in the past year because they cannot afford their bills.

According to the NIA, householders could save as much as £320 a year on an average bill of £1,420 if they have insulation installed.

Neil Marshall, the body's chief executive, said: "The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts up to £655 per year and draught-proofing windows and doors can save a further £30 per year whilst greatly improving the warmth and comfort of the home."