A group of big businesses, including Sainsburys and HSBC, are to provide easy access to cheaper insulation to 250,000 employees as part of a pilot scheme dubbed ‘Insulate Today’.
The companies involved – Accenture, Aviva, HSBC, Sainsbury’s, Act on CO2, the Energy Saving Trust and EDF Energy – will provide exclusive insulation offers to employees, such as free insulation and energy monitors. For Best Buy energy monitors, see our smart meters and energy monitors review.
Once the pilot scheme is complete, the results could be used to develop a template for nationwide employee campaigns.
Last year British households wasted over £500m on their energy bills because of poor insulation.
Less than one in 10 homes have the recommended amount of insulation, and most homes could save around £160 every year and reduce their carbon footprint by installing loft and wall insulation.
If you want to find out more about insulation see the Which? guides to how to buy loft insulation and how to buy wall insulation. There are also grants available to help you make energy saving changes to your home – see the Which? guide to energy grants for more information.
The government has a target to insulate all lofts and cavity walls by 2015. It also recently launched a ‘Green Homes, Warmer Homes’ strategy designed to ensure up to seven million British households benefit from eco upgrades by 2020.
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