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British Gas reports energy efficient homes save £322 a year

By Laura Elahi on February 7, 2011

The British Gas Home Energy Report has found that homes in the UK which have taken on measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation save over £300 each year.

The report was commissioned to help uncover the energy habits of British Gas customers. In light of the findings, the energy provider is advising households to install even basic energy efficiency measures.

British Gas says that £1 in every £4 spent heating our homes is wasted due to poor insulation.

According to the company, many customers are aware of how to make their homes more efficient, but know less about the savings they could make.

The Energy Report shows that British Gas customers who adopted simple energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and energy efficient boilers, saved an average of £322 each year. They also saw a 44 per cent fall in their gas use between 2006 and 2010 but some homes took no action at all.

The study was carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, which analysed 40 million British Gas customer meter reads over a four year period.

British Gas has now launched a major new programme to insulate – for free – the homes of its dual fuel customers.

Dual fuel customers will get a free home insulation survey, and then a choice of either loft insulation or cavity wall insulation at no cost.

Gearoid Lane, managing director of British Gas New Markets, explained: “We want to help as many of our customers as possible reap the benefits of more energy efficient homes. That’s why we’re launching a national programme to give our dual fuel customers access to free cavity wall or loft insulation.

“Rising global energy prices needn’t mean higher bills for households. This report shows that many homes are already reducing their energy consumption and cutting bills, but we want all British Gas homes to enjoy the same benefit.”

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