Cambridge energy expert backs calls to swap light bulbs for insulation

April 29 2009

A Cambridge expert has backed calls for the UK’s energy suppliers to swap low energy “gimmicks” for real help cutting fuel bills.

Ian Macklin, the Managing Director of Cottenham company Kershaw Contracting Services believes that giving people low energy lightbulbs is a waste of time.

Instead energy suppliers should focus on helping people cut fuel bills and reduce their impact on the environment, by fitting cavity wall and loft insulation.

He was responding to suggestions by the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England.

It wants the government to toughen the loft and wall insulation targets it sets energy suppliers.

Ian said: “Energy suppliers make a lot of noise about helping you go green, but at the moment their actions seem to stop at sending you energy-saving lightbulbs.

“That’s great if you want to save a few pounds off your fuel bills. If you want to make a substantial difference you need to fit cavity wall or loft insulation.

“This gives energy bill savings immediately and pays for itself within a few years. If the energy companies can help homeowners get this cheaper or even for free, it will start to make a significant difference to people in Cambridge.”

Ian added: “It will also make a difference in reducing the amount of CO2 produced by homes, helping to reduce the impact on the environment.”

Kershaw Contracting Services specialises in fitting domestic insulation, and is a division of the Cambridge-based Kershaw Group.

Parts of the Kershaw Group have a history stretching back 120 years. It employs 183 people and is well known for its involvement in the community.

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