The Government has targeted the UK’s big six energy suppliers over the last few years, to help with the energy efficiency of homes around the country.
As part of this nationwide agenda, companies such as British Gas, Npower and E.ON were obligated to deliver efficiency installations to homes in Britain.
This fell under two schemes:
- The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT)
- The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP)
These were both available until December 2012, but have since been replaced by the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, with three branches:
- The Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO)
- The Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO)
- The Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO)
The CERT and CESP schemes were available in England, Scotland and Wales, providing energy efficiency upgrades such as loft insulation and wall cavity insulation. The schemes were directed mainly towards low-income households who were struggling with energy bills and in risk of fuel poverty.
Now though, the ECO scheme and flagship energy efficiency programme, The Green Deal, have emerged.
There are still excellent reasons to consider both. The ECO scheme is targeted at low-income households and those in receipt of benefits. There are also ways for you to take advantage if you have a ‘hard-to-treat’ property and by that we mean solid walls and inaccessible loft areas.
The Green Deal is also available for those keen to reduce their expensive energy bills, and provides a loan to help cover energy efficiency upgrades. These loans are then paid back with savings made.
Is there another way?
Of course, you could also think about investing in home improvements yourself. Loft lagging and wall cavity insulation is actually much cheaper than you probably would have thought and provides savings up to £200 annually for decades to come. This creates a fantastic Return on Investment.
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Improving your home efficiency with insulation will help you to save hundreds of pounds every year on heating bills.
- As heat naturally rises, loft lagging acts as a superb insulator to retain warmth in the home.
- 20% of heat can be lost through inefficient walls, so consider wall cavity and solid wall insulation.
- You could be wasting £200 a year on heat with inefficient windows. Consider replacement double glazing.
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