Energy expert welcomes new Government Insulation Scheme but warns millions will miss out on chance to cut energy bills

14 Sep 2023
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Energy expert Angela Terry today warns that the Government’s new Great British Insulation Scheme will not reach enough families, and that homeowners, renters and landlords should look at investing in insulation to save money on expensive energy bills over the next three years.

From today the Government is spending £1 billion to insulate 300,000 homes over three years that are in lower council tax bands A-D in England, and A-E in Scotland and Wales, and with an energy performance certificate rating of D or below.

Angela, founder of consumer website One Home, has been campaigning for an insulation scheme for over a year.

She says: “I welcome today’s launch of the Great British Insulation Scheme because addressing our leaky homes is the only way to reduce gas demand and keep down energy bills.

“However, the GBIS is only due to support 100,000 homes a year. We have eight million homes in the UK with inadequate loft insulation, so clearly more needs to be done. Energy costs have doubled and look set to stay high for years to come, so reducing demand is imperative to address the cost of living and climate crisis.

“Many energy efficiency measures are low cost so I urge all homeowners, renters and landlords to see how investing in loft insulation could save money over the next few years by keeping the heat in.”

For further information or to speak to Angela about what this means for consumers and how those who do not qualify for the GBIS can reduce their energy bills, contact sam.carlisle@causecommunications.co.uk Tel: 07850 111213 or jenna.sloan@causecommunications.co.uk Tel: 07914 424987.

About Angela Terry

Angela, an environmental scientist and consumer expert, has 20 years’ experience working in the renewables sector and was the first woman to manage the building of a community wind farm in the UK. She is excellent at explaining complex science and energy issues, making them accessible to all audiences.

Angela founded One Home in 2018 to help the public understand climate change and explain how to save money by reducing their carbon footprints.

She is a trusted commentator on the environment and energy-saving issues, across the media. She regularly appears on BBC News, BBC Worldwide, Sky News, LBC, Channel 5 News and BBC Radio 5 Live. She has written opinion and “how to” pieces in the national press and has a regular column Going Green which is published across all National World regional titles including the Yorkshire Post and The Scotsman.

How much can you save?

The Energy Saving Trust estimates loft insulation costs up to £680 for DIY and can save around £285 a year while cavity wall insulation costs around £1,700 to install and can save £300 a year on energy bills. More information on loft insulation and the benefits can be found here: Onehome.org.uk/lofts

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