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Record numbers of houses keeping warmer in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend

March 13, 2012 2:30 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales, Peter Black has welcomed figures which show that nearly 30,000 homes in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend have received free loft or cavity wall insulation since 2008.

Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) energy companies are obliged to help households in Wales reduce their use of electricity and gas to lower their carbon emissions.

Suppliers are required to concentrate at least 40% of their activity on vulnerable and low-income households, such as people over 70.

In Swansea 13,625 households have benefited from wall or loft insulation with 10,015 homes in Bridgend and 6,311 homes in Neath Port Talbot also benefiting.

Commenting, Mr. Black said:

"These figures show that 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 houses warmer.

"From this autumn, Liberal Democrats have ensured the Green Deal will continue this work. The Green Deal will mean every home and business in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend 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 which leave a lasting legacy."
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Notes to editors:

The full figures, including for other areas, are available here:

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Professional-resources/Existing-Housing/Homes-Energy-Efficiency-Database/CERT-reports-from-HEED

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.