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20 May 2008 05:05:50

Homeowners 'should insulate their lofts and walls'

Homeowners 'should insulate their lofts and walls'
Homeowners should insulate their property before branching out into microgeneration, it has been claimed.

Richard Simmons, managing director of RenewableEnergyCentre.co.uk, spoke last week of the challenges facing the UK in terms of its energy resources.

Mr Simmons emphasised the fact that householders should insulate their lofts and wall cavities, as well as increase the air tightness before they consider microgeneration options.

He urged the audience to lobby their local authority on the issue.

"The government needs a backbone in this matter … every house in the UK within five years should have 12 inches of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, and the tax penalty and incentive system is a logical vehicle to achieve this," he said.

Mr Simmons also commented on the fact that the UK could be a world leader in terms of renewable energy through harnessing the elements.

The Greater Gabbard scheme was recently given the go-ahead and will see the largest offshore windfarm in the world be constructed off the Suffolk coast.

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