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£350m earmarked for 90,000 home energy makeovers

New community energy saving programme launched

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Around £350 million will be spent by energy companies over the next three years to deliver whole house and whole street energy makeovers.

The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) will focus on improving home energy efficiency in specific communities on a house-by-house basis.

The government believes the scheme will help around 90,000 homes – particularly in poorer areas of the UK – to cut their carbon emissions by 20% and reduce fuel bills by around £300 a year.

The scheme focuses on energy companies providing home heating and , conducting home energy audits and installing energy efficient measures in homes including wall and loft insulation, window glazing and under-floor insulation.

Reducing carbon emissions

Over 1.2 million homes received some form of insulation over the last year through the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT), an obligation on energy suppliers to promote household carbon reductions and assist homes with energy saving measures. The scheme has received further government backing and will continue to operate alongside the CESP.

Meanwhile Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband welcomed the launch of a new climate campaign, 10:10, which is asking individuals, businesses and public figures to commit to reducing carbon emissions by 10% by 2010.

Visit Which?’s greener living section for more on green and environmental issues including how to cut your energy use

You can also find out more about help and funding available in your area for energy efficiency measures using the Energy Saving Trust’s online tool.

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