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‘A cautious welcome’ - Government to offer £100m for energy efficiency

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Leading trade body, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC cautiously welcomes Ed Davey's announcement that the government will offer an extra £100 million to home owners who want insulate their property or make any other environmentally friendly improvements.

Roger Webb, Director of HHIC said "Industry got our fingers burned by the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund and so whilst we are pleased that the Government is committing funding to energy efficiency we are extremely cautious about acting on this announcement.

No business likes a scheme that creates short term demand, and so we will be waiting for details on what this money will be spent on and importantly how it will be administered.

If the Government is serious about energy efficiency it must recognise that it is about more than double glazing and insulation - heating is vital. There are still over 12 million inefficient boilers within UK homes, and often replacing a boiler is a great catalyst for homeowners to install other efficiency measures.

We would also want the Government to consider heating controls, which play a major role in helping to manage the heat generated within a property.

They need to understand that the measures they include in any new scheme need to help home use less energy."

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