Government to fund £1bn home insulation scheme

The Government is to spend up to £1bn on another scheme to improve the insulation and energy performance of UK homes.

This time, the scheme will run alongside a public information campaign advising people how to cut power usage, and will also target some middle-income homes, and be administered via the energy companies. It is predominantly being targeted at households that do not currently get support to upgrade homes, though a fifth of the funding will be targeted at the most vulnerable.

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Energy Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the new Eco+ scheme to extend support for insulating homes as he tries to get households to reduce energy consumption. Some £18 million will also be spent on a public information campaign giving advice about turning down boiler temperatures and radiators to save energy.

Shapps said: “A new Eco scheme will enable thousands more to insulate their homes, protecting the pounds in their pockets and creating jobs across the country.

“And in the short term, our new public information campaign will also give people the tools they need to reduce their energy use while keeping warm this winter.”

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