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Fuel-poor homes face taking £250 energy hit due to poor insulation

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People in “fuel-poor” households in England are facing annual bills about £250 higher than need be because of their poorly insulated homes, according to Local Government Association (LGA) research.The LGA has identified about 3 million households where better insulation would save large sums for people struggling with the rising cost of living.

About £770m is wasted each year trying to heat these leaky homes, according to analysis for the LGA by WPI Economics.The LGA has called for all fuel-poor homes to be properly insulated by 2030, and calculates that at least two-thirds of the 3 million will need some form of government help to achieve this.David Renard, a councillor and environment spokesperson for the LGA, which represents 350 local authorities in England and Wales, said: “So many homes are leaking more and more money as energy prices increase.

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