Insulation promised for millions of homesSuppliers need to increase insulation uptake

07 July 2010

Blown fibre insulation

You'll need to employ a professional to install blown-fibre insulation in your loft

Energy suppliers will be forced to insulate millions of homes in order to meet tougher carbon reduction targets.

From March 2011 energy companies will be required to meet 80% of their carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) through insulating homes, meaning they'll need to encourage more consumers to take up cavity wall and loft insulation.

Insulation can help reduce your gas and electricity bills, save energy and keep your home warmer - read our guide to buying loft insulation for tips.

The government estimates that 3.5 million homes will benefit from insulation under the revised targets.

Energy saving light bulbs

In the past, British Gas, Npower and others have tried to meet their CERT obligations by sending out huge numbers of free energy-saving light bulbs.

But as Which? recently reported, energy companies were forced to stop this practice after concerns were raised that many of the bulbs were being wasted as customers did not need them.

While it's important to buy the best energy-saving light bulbs, to save money you also need to make sure you're getting the . Consider switching energy suppliers, as you could save hundreds of pounds a year by doing so.

Lower your gas and electricity bills

You can compare energy prices and switch to a new gas and electricity supplier on Which? Switch. People who switched with us between 1 October and 31 December 2013 are predicted to save an average of £234 a year on their bills.

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