Insulation would help reduce UK energy use

Requiring all UK homes to be appropriately insulated would help the UK meet renewable energy targets the House of Lords has called for, according to the Renewable Energy Centre.

The House of Lords European Committee urged the government to aim to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent in order to meet the commitment to generate 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Asked whether such a reduction in consumption was possible, Renewable Energy Centre's Angella Gallacher said that it was, as long as the government took action.

She said: "The government needs to legislate about loft and cavity wall insulation, ensuring that every household in the UK, by law, has to have these measures put in place. This will not only reduce the demand for energy but also help to reduce the carbon footprint UK wide."

Last month Gordon Brown announced a £910 million programme to offer households free or half price insulation.

Properly insulating a home can save on energy bills as it will take less fuel to heat a home.

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