Homeowners urged to apply for insulation

British homeowners are missing out on the opportunity to have free or subsidised home insulation installed in their houses, research suggests.

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is concerned that only a fifth (22%) of households which qualify for this measure have claimed their entitlement.

Households in England, Scotland and Wales eligible for the scheme are in a so-called Super Priority Group (SPG), which includes people on certain benefits or those on low incomes.

This initiative is part of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and is operated by energy suppliers.

SPG households can expect to enjoy a warmer house and lower heating bills if they take up the offer, but officials have warned that some people are unaware of the scheme.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: "Householders in the SPG should arrange to have their homes insulated through CERT as soon as possible so that they can immediately benefit from a warmer home and reduced fuel bills."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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