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However, you may be able to qualify for free insulation under the new ECO scheme, if you receiving benefits such state pension credit, child tax credit, income support etc; and also if you live in qualifying postcode areas. Use the postcode checker to see if your postcode qualifies.
Although house holders and tennants can get 100% free cavity wall and loft insulation, regardless of income of age restrictions, the private companies (carrying out the installation) get compensated for this under the governments ‘Warm Front Scheme’. The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) requires all domestic energy suppliers with a customer base in excess of 250,000 customers to make savings in the amount of CO2 emitted by householders. Suppliers meet this target by promoting the uptake of low carbon energy solutions to household energy consumers, thereby assisting them to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes.
The primary aim of CERT is to make a contribution to the UK’s legally binding target under the Kyoto protocol (to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% below 1990 levels by 2008-2012) and the Climate Change Act 2008 requirement (to cut emissions of green house gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050). However, CERT will also help: reduce energy demand; enhance the UK’s security of supply; reduce energy bills for those receiving measures; reduce fuel poverty; and, secure jobs in energy efficiency industries.
CERT, the third supplier obligation phase, was introduced in 2008. On 30th July 2010, CERT was extended from March 2011 to December 2012 with a new higher target and significantly refocused around supporting insulation: See Insulation Grants for further details.