Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) energy companies are obliged to help households in the UK reduce their use of electricity and gas to lower their carbon emissions. Close to 7300 local residents in East Dunbartonshire have taken advantage of the scheme since 2008, which means the area has the highest percentages of homes helped with insulation anywhere in Scotland, new figures revealed this week.
Suppliers are required to concentrate at least 40% of their activity on vulnerable and low-income households, such as people over 70.
Commenting, Jo Swinson MP said:
“These figures reveal how going green can save people money. Thanks to this duty on energy companies to insulate houses without cost to the homeowner, many households will have lower bills and can keep their homes snug and warm.
“From this autumn, Liberal Democrats have ensured the Green Deal will continue and build on this work. The Green Deal will mean every home and business in East Dunbartonshire is properly insulated over the coming years.
“With the Green Deal, the Coalition Government is doing the right thing for the environment, household budgets and the economy. Not only does this mean lower energy bills for everyone but this huge investment will create green jobs and investment and leave a lasting legacy.”
- The full figures, including for other areas, are available here:
- CERT runs from 2008-2012, when it will be replaced with the Green Deal, which was a Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment.
The Green Deal is paid for through the savings made on people’s energy bills and will mean no upfront costs for anyone receiving insulation