Local lagging rates revealed for the first time

A breakdown of how much insulation has been installed in homes across different parts of Britain under the Government’s energy saving scheme has been released for the first time.

The new figures, published by the Energy Saving Trust, reveal how much loft and cavity wall insulation was professionally installed in each local authority and parliamentary constituency between 2008 and 2010 as part of the Government’s requirement on energy companies to help consumers save energy, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT).

The top five local authorities that have seen the highest percentage of their area’s housing stock lagged over the first two years of the CERT scheme are:

  • Kirklees 22.5%
  • Isle of Anglesey 18%
  • Carmarthenshire 14.6%
  • Wyre 13.4%
  • South Ribble 13.3%.

Commenting on the insulation statistics, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “This is the first time that local data on insulation is published and lifts the lid on which parts of Britain have been insulated over the past two years.

“This shows that hundreds of thousands of homes across Britain are already benefitting from saving energy and money as a result of better insulation. But the figures also reveal that some areas are doing better than others, partly because some homes are more difficult and expensive to insulate.

“That’s why I’m reforming the energy efficiency regime so that more homes benefit in future – especially those that live in properties that are harder to insulate. I make no apologies for turning up the heat on energy companies, demanding that they work harder to make more homes warmer and cheaper to run.

“As part of our pledge to be the greenest Government ever, we want to help people go green in their lives by cutting the amount of energy they use. That’s what our new Green Deal will be all about – helping householders to save from day one on their energy bills.”

New legislation has seen the government make a commitment to reducing Britain’s carbon footprint.  The publication of the Climate Change Act 2008 saw the government pledge to reduce green house gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050, while reducing CO2 by at least 26 per cent by 2020.

By making this commitment, the government has placed increasing pressure on businesses, local authorities and domestic property owners to do everything they can to reduce their own carbon footprint.

It is estimated the most energy inefficient homes in the UK could save, on average, around £550 per year by installing insulation measures.

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