Press Release:
Combat fuel poverty by installing insulation advises NIA

Release Date 27 September 2012

Northern Ireland suffers from the highest level of fuel poverty in the UK with households spending more of their income on fuel bills; the National Insulation Association (NIA) is therefore urging householders in the province to think smart and install insulation to help climb out of fuel poverty.

An astounding 60% of heat can leak through uninsulated walls and roofs; with the right measures put in place, householders in Northern Ireland could be saving both money and carbon. By simply installing cavity wall and loft insulation, savings of between £195 and £380* per year can be made and with current low installation costs the payback period can be as little as one to three years. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts, between £585 and £770* per year.

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: "Home insulation is the single most effective method of saving money on domestic energy bills, with savings continuing year on year! Grants can significantly reduce the cost of improving home energy efficiency via insulation of walls, lofts and draught proofing. 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."

The NIA also advises that, for complete peace of mind, householders should contact its members for a free quotation and advice on the best type of insulation suitable for the home. Not only are they qualified installers who are bound by a strict Code of Professional Practice, but they are also able to advise on the grants available.

To find out more, or to contact an installer in Northern Ireland householders should call 08451 636363.

* Based on a typical three bedroom semi-detached oil heated house, with an average oil price of 5.66p/kWh and electricity of 17.32p/kWh; correct as of October 2011 and valid for 2011-12.
Figures from the Energy Saving Trust.

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