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Published on February 11th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz


7 Million UK Homes to Receive Free Insulation

February 11th, 2009 by  

It’s a full-on insulation war between Australia and the UK, with the former announcing free insulation for 2.2 million homes last week, and the latter announcing a program yesterday to give 7 million homes free retrofits.

The UK’s insulation scheme will be funded by £1 billion in energy saving initiatives from UK firms. Additionally, homes receiving insulation will be encouraged to install solar panels and wood-burning boilers.

Conservatives in the country are also proposing grants of up to £6,500 for retrofitting per household, which could be repaid over 25 years from savings on gas and electricity bills.

More details on the UK’s grand plan will be announced this Thursday.

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About the Author

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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