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Watch out Doctor Who - the CERTs are coming ... in association with Environment Agency.

IT may sound like some kind of alien monster having a set-to with Doctor Who on a Saturday night, but there's a new kid on the block in energy efficiency terms.

Just what is it you might well ask and possibly be worried about yet another acronym in an already world full of them. This one however has to welcomed with open arms because with it comes a renewed assault on inefficient and uninsulated homes.

CERT in our language stands for Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and is the latest round of government requirements on energy companies. In a nutshell it means that the energy generation companies like npower, Scottish power etc all have to invest in energy efficiency measures for the domestic market.

Previously known as EEC (energy efficiency commitment) targets, the investment made by the energy industry has allowed many householders to benefit from cut price insulation.

In the Northumberland Warm Zone partnership Scottish and Southern energy are now the approved CERT partner and will be working very closely with the team over the next three years.

It has long been acknowledged in health circles that there are some client groups in our society who are more at risk from cold homes than others and by identifying a range of these groups for help future health problems can be avoided. The prime targets for the insulation measures are those on benefits, over 70 and families with small children and the majority of these client groups can have work done free depending on the size of their home.

However the work doesn't end there as energy efficiency is vital to all of us especially when it is predicted that energy prices are going to increase yet again in the near future. These increases can be offset with proper and professionally installed insulation measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation.

To many this sounds daunting but Warm Zone staff in Northumberland can make the process very simple and a quick call to Eileen Reynolds at their Blyth headquarters can result in a free survey and potentially insulation measures which can cut fuel bills by around pounds 200 each and every year. With costs likely to escalate, taking such measures can mean bigger savings in future years.

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CUTTING COSTS Effective loft insulation is one way of reducing fuel bills.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 20, 2008
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