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With the launch this month of the Warm Homes Campaign 2013 by fuel poverty charities National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland, the National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging householders

to think smart and install insulation to tackle fuel poverty.

An astounding 60% of heat can be lost through uninsulated walls and roofs but with the right measures put in place, householders could be saving large amounts on their fuel bills.

The Energy Saving Trust reports that by installing cavity wall and loft insulation, savings of up to £320* per year can be made. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts up to £655** per year.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, said: “Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year! Fuel poverty is an escalating problem in the current economic climate but householders should be aware that installing home insulation can help combat fuel poverty.”

Householders can contact an NIA member who can advise them on the most appropriate and efficient method possible of insulating their home.

To find a local NIA member, visit the NIA website www.nia-uk.org or call 08451 636363.

• NOTE: The figures are based on adding cavity wall insulation (saving around £140 per year) and loft insulation) of 270mm (saving around £180 per year). Savings based on an uninsulated

three bed semi-detached gas heated house. Figures are from the Energy Saving Trust.